August 25, 2006

Agreement reached to repair Montreal’s Honoré-Mercier Bridge

Ottawa, Ontario – The governments of Canada and Quebec, and the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake have reached an agreement in principle regarding repair work on the Honoré-Mercier Bridge in Montreal. One of the region’s busiest bridges, it connects Ville LaSalle in Montreal with the Mohawk Reserve and carries approximately 28 million vehicles each year, with an estimated 3,400 trucks daily.

The bridge deck will be replaced, along with other vital maintenance work to ensure the structure’s safety and prolong its life. Work is scheduled to start in the spring of 2007 and be completed by the fall of 2009. The project’s first phase, the south shore approach ramps, will be carried out by First Nations companies; the second phase, the elevated bridge, will call for companies to include First Nations within the contract.

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