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New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Sees Accelerated Timeline

Posted on December 11, 2013
The federal government has put forward a new accelerated timeline for the new bridge for the St. Lawrence project, which is now expected to be complete by 2018. “We will deliver the new bridge for the St. Lawrence in 2018, three years earlier than originally planned,” Minister of Infrastructure, Communities, and Intergovernmental Affairs Denis Lebel said. “In fact, concrete actions to move the project ahead have already taken place.” Part of the acceleration is due to Arup Canada Inc. being awarded the contract for engineering and coordination [...]

RFP Issued for New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Intelligent Transportation Systems

Posted on September 19, 2013
The federal government announced a request for proposals (RFP) for preparatory studies and the writing of technical requirements for the new bridge for the St. Lawrence on September 16. The studies will focus on options for intelligent transportation systems, electrical and lighting systems, and electronic tolling systems. “Building a new bridge for the St. Lawrence continues to be a priority, and the preliminary construction work is on schedule,” Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Denis Lebel said. “The results of [...]

Montreal Reports on State of Transportation Infrastructure

Posted on September 12, 2013
Some of the City of Montreal’s bridges, tunnels, and overpasses are in dire need of rehabilitation, with a report from the city’s engineers labelling 24 of the structures in critical need of repair, 31 deficient, and 54 mediocre. The report looked at 589 structures across the city, and suggests that an intervention in the short term is generally necessary for the 24 critical structures, which are described as “partially functional.” The September 4 report also noted that the majority of the city’s structures are over 40 years old, and that 56 [...]

LVM Contracted for Geotechnical Studies at St. Lawrence Bridge Site

Posted on July 25, 2013
The new bridge for the St. Lawrence took another step towards construction on July 20, as the federal government retained LVM Inc. to proceed with geotechnical studies and provide laboratory services to advance the planning, development, and design stages of the project. The current Champlain Bridge hosts an estimated $20 billion in international trade annually, and is a vital corridor for the regional and national economies. It is also an important piece of infrastructure for Montreal’s commuters and transit system. The contract involves a number [...]

Drummondville Unveils Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Posted on June 14, 2013
The founding partners of the Electric Circuit—Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert, RONA, METRO, the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT), and Hydro-Québec—have signed a partnership agreement with the city of Drummondville, Quebec, for the installation of public charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs). The city becomes the 38th partner of the largest public charging network in Quebec. A first charging station was unveiled this week at the downtown train station parking lot, located on Rue Lindsay, and will be operational in July. A second charging [...]

Call for Tenders Made for St. Lawrence Project’s Causeway-Bridge

Posted on June 6, 2013
The Government of Canada has announced a call for tenders for the construction of a causeway-bridge in Quebec between Île des Soeurs and Montreal. It is meant to be a temporary piece of infrastructure as part of the project to construct a new bridge for the St. Lawrence. The causeway will be quite substantial: three lanes in each direction, a transit lane, and cycling and pedestrian access will be included. Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Denis Lebel made the announcement June 4. “Building a new bridge for the St. Lawrence continues [...]

Montreal Design Open House Attracts 20,000 Visits

Posted on May 9, 2013
More than 20,000 visits were recorded this weekend at participating architects and designers who opened their doors as part of the 6th Design Montréal Open House. Representatives says this success is proof of the public's interest in design and architecture. The range of visitors was as varied as the motivations that drew them to the nearly 110 chosen locations; some came out of simple curiosity, others came to discover the creative practitioners in their neighbourhood, and still others were on the lookout for new ideas or to find a professional with whom [...]

Quebec Stresses Transparency with $92B Infrastructure Plan

Posted on April 26, 2013
The Quebec government has announced it will invest $92.3 billion in the province’s infrastructure over 10 years from 2013 to 2023. Quebec Treasury Board president Stéphane Bédard unveiled the plan on Apr. 25, and stated that he expects the investment to support approximately 60,000 jobs per year. Bédard outlined where the funds would be allocated: $31.6 billion for transportation, with $25.2 billion of that amount specified for roads and $6.4 billion set aside for mass transit; $19.4 billion for healthcare; $14.2 billion for education; $8.1 billion [...]

Quebec Completes $45M Expansion of Puvirnituq Airport

Posted on April 23, 2013
Officials inaugurated a new $6.5 million air terminal in Puvirnituq, a northern village in Nunavik on the Povungnituk River near its mouth on the Hudson Bay in northern Quebec. The governments of Canada and Quebec invested a total of more than $45 million in major improvements to this airport between 2009 and 2012. The airport improvements consisted of the following five projects: construction of a 1,300-foot extension to the runway, increasing its total length to 6,300 feet; enlargement of the aircraft apron; construction of a new garage that [...]

Another 300 MW of Wind Power for Quebec

Posted on January 28, 2013
French renewable energy corporation EDF Energies Nouvelles recently announced the completion of two wind power plants–Massif du Sud and Lac Alfred—altogether, an installed capacity of 300 megawatts (MW). The Massif du Sud and Lac Alfred wind farms represent the second and third of seven wind farms awarded to EDF Energies Nouvelles. Based in Quebec, the two plants are part of a seven-project program that will eventually total 1,003.2 MW of installed capacity. Consisting of 150 wind turbines (supplied by REpower), the plants will generate electricity [...]
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