[EN DIRECT] Ottawa invests $1 billion over 25 years to preserve the Quebec Bridge

[EN DIRECT] Ottawa invests $1 billion over 25 years to preserve the Quebec Bridge
[EN DIRECT] Ottawa invests $1 billion over 25 years to preserve the Quebec Bridge

By taking over the Quebec Bridge, the Government of Canada announced that it will invest $40 million per year over 25 years, for a total of $1 billion, to “ensure the long-term viability” of this “essential and historic” infrastructure. » more than a hundred years old.

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At least that’s what the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, said Wednesday morning during a press briefing held at the Quebec Aquarium with the Quebec Bridge in the background.

Mr. Trudeau therefore confirmed that Ottawa has reached an agreement with Canadian National (CN), which has owned the rusting infrastructure since 1993.

The press release does not specify the details of the agreement. The level of CN’s participation is therefore not indicated. And it is not yet clear whether or not the $1 billion contains money from CN.

Extend lifespan

“These investments will extend the useful life of the bridge for decades to come, in particular by increasing the frequency of replacement of parts,” we can read in a press release.

It also indicates that “the rehabilitation program also includes a contribution component for the painting and aesthetics of the historic infrastructure”.

More than 33,000 vehicles, including cars, transit buses, passenger trains and freight trains, cross the bridge every day. Additionally, during the summer months, around 1,000 pedestrians and cyclists use it every day.

More details to come…

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