New Champlain Bridge will be finished on time, minister promises
Federal Minister of Infrastructure Amarjeet Sohi, Quebec Municipal Affairs Minister Martin Coiteux and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre were on hand Friday as crews provided an update on construction of the new $4.25-billion span linking Montreal to the South Shore.
The bridge is scheduled to be completed Dec. 1, 2018. It is expected to last 125 years and will take up to 45,000 tonnes of steel to complete, according to Marc Dutil, the president of CANAM, one of the groups working on the project.
Sohi said Friday the project is on schedule and on budget. He also confirmed that the finished bridge will not have tolls. When the previous Conservative government announced plans to build the new bridge, they said it would be partially paid for by tolls. The Liberals reversed that decision after taking power last year.