Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) announced a contract worth over $21 million (including taxes) to EllisDon Civil Ltd. and Chant Limited, in joint venture, located in Mississauga, Ontario, to manage the construction of the bridge deck replacement of the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge in Burlington, Ontario.

“This contract award for the construction work on the bridge is another important step to extend the life of the bridge and ensure that it continues to serve both local and national transportation needs. Improvements to the bridge will ensure the safety of bridge users for decades to come,” said Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

Through this contract, both companies in joint venture will replace the lift span’s bridge deck, restore the approach spans and widen sections of the sidewalk to allow more space for pedestrians and cyclists to cross safely and to improve traffic flow.

These changes will improve the overall operations of the bridge, ensuring the safety of bridge users for years to come. This project will also extend and maximize the life of the bridge deck, sidewalk and approaches.

“The revitalization of the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge will ensure safe and accessible use for commercial and recreational needs for years to come. This investment highlights the Government of Canada’s commitment to building modern and reliable public infrastructure,” said Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, MP for Burlington

Construction is anticipated to begin in winter 2023, during the bridge’s annual winter shutdown for maintenance and repairs, in order to minimize disruptions. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2024.

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“Maintaining the integrity of our infrastructure is key to the success of our local industries and economy,” added Lisa Hepfner, MP for Hamilton Mountain. “The Burlington Canal Lift Bridge is a vital component of our Ontario shipping system; it’s a picturesque alternative for motorists heading through Hamilton Harbour, and it has irresistible appeal to many Lake Ontario photographers. These upgrades will significantly improve the safety for people who use the bridge in many different ways, and will extend the integrity of the bridge for years to come.”

Featured image: Burlington Canal Lift Bridge. (PSPC)

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