PWGSC to replace Des Allumettes Bridge

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The Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is replacing the Des Allumettes Bridge as part of a five-year major capital work plan, which is designed to ensure safety engineering assets across the country.

The Des Allumettes Bridge crosses the main channel of the Ottawa River just south-east of Pembroke, Ontario, to the Allumettes Island in Quebec. The bridge is an important inter-provincial transportation link between Highway 17 in Ontario and Highway 148 in Quebec, particularly for the forestry and lumber industry. It carries about 5000 vehicles per day with a commercial vehicle component of about 10%.

The general scope of work for the Des Allumettes Bridge Project includes construction of a new bridge close to the existing bridge, removing the existing structure, and maintaining traffic during construction. In April, PWGSC awarded a $26.9-million contract to Pomerleau Inc. of Montreal for the replacement of the Des Allumettes Bridge.

Construction is expected to start in spring 2014, with completion is anticipated by spring of 2016.

The Des Allumettes Bridge was designed in 1955 by the Department of Public Works of Canada and constructed in 1957. The provinces were responsible to build bridges over other water channels within their respective provincial jurisdictions, while Canada was responsible to build the inter-provincial bridge over the main Ottawa River channel at the boundary between the two provinces.

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