The New Champlain Bridge construction is in full swing as worker are now half way complete the 170 metre high “main pylon.” Once complete, this main section of the new cable-stayed bridge will hold 60 cables that span 500 metres of the 3.4 km span.
Over 40 piles will be put in place to hold piers for the St. Lawrence Seaway decking. The project is slated to be completed in December of 2018. The Signature on the St. Lawrence also includes a 470 metre bridge for L’lle-des-Soeurs, ramp improvements for HWY 132 and 10, as well as the widening of Highway 15.
Signature on the Saint Lawrence Group is comprised of three companies, SNC-Lavalin, ACS and HOCHTIEF. MMM Group is also helping SNC-Lavalin with the highway design in Montreal. It is also important to note that the new crossing will have a lifespan of 125 years.
Once the new bridge is opened, the massive task will begin of dismantling the old Champlain Bridge crossing. It is expected to take 3 to 4 years to complete. Many deconstruction methods will be similar to the Cornwall Bridge. Expect all eyes from the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project to be looking in with great interest on all the challenges faced here in Montreal. Surly many experts and a lot of talent will be moving to Windsor/Detroit area following the end of this project.