Government of Canada

Government of Canada

January 17, 2012 13:17 ET

Harper Government Invests in Pembroke's Economy and Jobs

Public Infrastructure Investment to Replace the Des Allumettes Bridge

PEMBROKE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 17, 2012) - Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced a major Government of Canada investment, as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, to replace the Des Allumettes Bridge, which connects Pembroke, Ontario, and Allumettes Island, Quebec.

"Investments in projects like these demonstrate our Government's commitment towards maintaining the highest standards for our public infrastructure," said Ms. Gallant. "I am proud to announce this investment in our community that will create jobs and maintain the safety of the Des Allumettes Bridge for years to come."

"The top priority of our Government remains the economy," said Minister Ambrose. "Through our investments in public infrastructure, we are not only creating jobs across the country but also ensuring safe access to these structures for the public."

The two-lane Des Allumettes Bridge, built in 1957, spans the Ottawa River and is important to the economies of both Pembroke and Allumettes Island, as well as area industries, particularly forestry, retail and tourism.

Public Works and Government Services Canada is committed to a fair, open and transparent tendering process, which will be conducted through the Government Electronic Tendering System (MERX).

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The two-lane Des Allumettes Bridge was built in 1957. The 308-metre-long bridge is supported by six piers and two abutments. It spans the Ottawa River about 7 km southeast of Pembroke, linking the town and Highway 17 in Ontario to Allumettes Island and Highway 148 in Quebec.

The Des Allumettes Bridge is a vital infrastructure and provides a link between the communities and industry located on both sides of the Ottawa River and is used by approximately 5,000 vehicles every day. The surrounding communities rely on the bridge for access to employment, shopping, education, health and other services, and tourism and outdoor recreation activities as well.

A new bridge will be built next to the current Des Allumettes Bridge, which will be removed once the new bridge opens. The work is expected to start in the spring of 2013, and it is anticipated that it will be completed by 2016.

PWGSC is proceeding with an RFP for the tendering of a design consultant and an environmental assessment of the project. This process will be fair, open and transparent and will be conducted through the Government Electronic Tendering System (MERX).

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Contact Information

  • Michelle Bakos
    Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose

    Media Relations
    Public Works and Government Services Canada