Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

November 05, 2009 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Awards Contract to Rehabilitate the Chaudiere Crossing

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 5, 2009) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today announced the next step in the rehabilitation of the historic Chaudiere Crossing.

"This Government is investing in federal infrastructure from coast to coast-creating jobs today while building a lasting legacy of infrastructure for generations to come," said Minister Paradis. "Canada's Economic Action Plan allocated $42 million to four PWGSC-owned bridges and I am proud to say all of those projects have now been contracted."

A $5,370,000 contract for the Chaudiere Crossing was awarded to Construction Kiewit Cie. Work will start this fall and is expected to be completed next winter. The planned rehabilitation work will mainly consist of a precast concrete alternative for both arches which will be factory made, delivered and assembled, then slid under the existing stone arch.

"The Chaudiere Crossing was constructed in the late 1820s and is the oldest bridge in the National Capital Region," said Minister Cannon. "Through Canada's Economic Action Plan we were able to accelerate our plans to repair and restore the historic structure as well as upgrade the bridge to meet modern standards."

"Our Government is focused on getting shovels in the ground, creating jobs, and stimulating regional economies," said Minister Baird. "This project will create local construction jobs and ensure that the Chaudiere Crossing will be a safe and dependable transportation link for decades to follow."

Contracts have also been issued to repair and restore three other PWGSC-owned bridges, namely the LaSalle Causeway in Kingston, Ontario, the Burlington Lift Bridge in Burlington, Ontario and the Alexandra Bridge linking Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec.


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The Chaudiere Crossing is one of five bridges that span the Ottawa River in the National Capital Region. Two of the five bridges are designated as truck routes, and the Chaudiere Crossing is one of those two routes. The Crossing is composed of eight separate bridges, two of which are stone masonry, filled spandrel arches.

Constructed in the late 1820s, the Chaudiere Crossing is the oldest bridge in the National Capital Region and, as such, an important, historic symbol for Canadians. The bridge crosses over Chaudiere and Victoria islands, linking rue Eddy in Gatineau and Booth Street in Ottawa.

While the Chaudiere Crossing has undergone regular routine maintenance and repairs over the years, the time has come to reinforce the arch sections of the structure that are coming close to the end of their lifespan, and also to upgrade the bridge to meet modern standards.

The crossing is an important link for commuters from both sides of the river and it is used heavily everyday; averaging more than 28,000 vehicles per day.

The planned rehabilitation work will mainly consist of a precast concrete alternative for both arches which involves the new construction of footings in the water and the construction of a temporary installation frame beside the arch. The precast concrete arch segments will be factory made and delivered to the site. The precast concrete arch segments will be assembled on the installation frame and slid under the existing stone arch. A cofferdam and dewatering will be required and precast spandrel walls will have to be installed.

With this awarded contract of $5,370,000 the construction work will start in fall 2009 with expected completion date winter 2010/2011.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Paradis
    Mary-Ann Dewey-Plante
    Press Secretary
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Media Relations