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March 06, 2015 16:21 ET

Preparatory Stage of the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Project Nears Completion

Update on the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Corridor Project

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - March 6, 2015) - Infrastructure Canada

In order to allow for construction of the new bridge for the St. Lawrence corridor (NBLSC), certain residential, commercial and public properties must be acquired. The Government of Canada is pleased to announce that the 14 affected residential properties have all been acquired by mutual agreement.

The Government of Canada is also hoping to finalize agreements for acquisition of the remaining public and commercial properties required for the project.

In the case of land owned by the City of Montréal, given the accelerated timelines for this project, the City and the Government of Canada agree that expropriation may be the most efficient means of acquiring the 73 properties belonging to the City in order to ensure that the new bridge can be in service by 2018.

A notice of intention to expropriate, detailing all properties potentially subject to expropriation in relation to NBLSC, will be published in the March 7, 2015 edition of the Canada Gazette.

Three consortia, Signature on the St. Lawrence Group, Saint-Laurent Alliance and St. Lawrence New Bridge Partnership, submitted their technical proposals on February 11, 2015, following the request for proposals launched in July 2014. The deadline for the submission of financial proposals is April 1, 2015.

The name of the selected proponent will be announced in late April and construction on the new bridge should begin in the summer.

Quick Facts

  • The new bridge for the St. Lawrence corridor project is one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America.
  • The project includes a new bridge for the St Lawrence, a new Île-des-Soeurs bridge, reconstruction of Highway 15 on Île-des-Soeurs and reconstruction and widening of Highway 15 on the Island of Montreal.
  • Private properties account for less than 0.3% of the properties located within the New Bridge for the St Lawrence corridor. The remaining properties belong to the various levels of government, including the federal government.
  • The 14 residential properties required for the project were all acquired on a willing-buyer/willing-seller basis.

Quotes

"Since the start of the project, in October 2011, the Government of Canada and its various stakeholders have been working on an accelerated timeline, so that Quebecers and the thousands of users of the new bridge for the St. Lawrence can benefit from a safe and architecturally stunning bridge by December 2018."

"I commend the cooperation of private and public property owners during the process to acquire properties along the corridor for the new bridge. Their collaboration has been invaluable in our efforts to get the work started according to the planned timetable."

The Honourable Denis Lebel

Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

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Additional Links

To learn more about the New Bridge for the St Lawrence Corridor project, go to: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/nbsl-npsl/index-eng.html

Canada Gazette site: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/gazette/home-accueil-eng.php

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