Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

March 27, 2014 18:15 ET

Statement by Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 27, 2014) - The safety and security of the people using the Champlain Bridge every day are a top priority for our government.

Our government favours at all times an approach based on transparency. That is why, the Jacques-Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated has already made public the reports on the state of the relevant federal infrastructure.

On October 2, 2013, the Jacques-Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated publically released an inspection report from the engineering firm Buckland & Taylor and I personally at that time announced that we would take all necessary measures to repair the Champlain Bridge and accelerate the construction of the new bridge over the St. Lawrence.

The report in question in the media this morning is the annual inspection report for 2013 that corroborates the content of the Buckland & Taylor report.

Certain repairs that were considered priorities have already been completed by the Jacques-Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated and others are being done in a continuous fashion.

Rigorous inspections are continuously carried out to ensure the safety of the Champlain Bridge and identify any problems that require a proactive intervention. If any problems are reported, measures are taken immediately to remedy them.

We are allocating all the necessary resources to ensure that all federal bridges and connecting infrastructure remain safe.

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Contact Information

  • Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and
    Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic
    Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
    613-943-1838

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148 or toll-free 1-877-250-7154