Public Services and Procurement Canada announced that the Government of Canada has awarded two contracts to provide professional engineering services related to two distinct crossing projects in the National Capital Region:

  • a $1.1-million contract was awarded to Parsons Inc. for the Southern Structures Renewal Project on the Chaudière Crossing
  • a $647,829 contract was awarded to WSP for the Wearing Surface and Girder Coating Renewal Project on the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge

“These two crossings are vital connections between Gatineau and Ottawa, serving more than 85,000 vehicles daily. As the custodian of these crossings, we are committed to ensuring they are safe for the travelling public. This construction work will establish reliable transportation links for both current and future generations and support the efficient movement of people and goods in the region,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

As work on the Union Bridge and Hull Causeway of the Chaudière Crossing is nearing completion, recent inspections and studies have shown that parts of the southern structures are in poor condition and need to be rehabilitated. The Southern Structures Renewal Project will include the replacement of the Bronson Channel Bridge, as well as the rehabilitation of the Ottawa Hydro Electric Power Commission Channel Bridge and the Buchanan Channel Culvert.

“Downtown is known as Ottawa’s ‘front door,’ and the bridges over the Ottawa River are the welcome mat for tens of thousands of people who live, work and visit here every day. Today’s announcement will ensure that these 2 critical links between Ottawa and Gatineau remain safe and secure well into the future. These investments will complement the initiatives outlined in the Downtown Revitalization Task Force report envisioning a transformed downtown for the benefit of the 30,000 residents and over 600 businesses located here, as well as over 11 million people who visit our city each year,” said Yasir Naqvi, MP for Ottawa Centre.

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Rehabilitated in 2016, the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge now requires repair work so it continues to be maintained and safe for users. This repair work will protect the structure against corrosion, ensuring proper stewardship of this engineering asset, while improving the lifespan of the bridge.

Construction work on both projects is currently expected to start in 2025.

Featured image: Macdonald-Cartier Bridge. (CIMA+)

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