Brossard, Quebec – The Montreal area will receive $228 million in funding for safety repairs and asset preservation on its bridges and other highway structures.

Over the next three years, the federal government will contribute $158 million for the Champlain Bridge Corridor and $70 million for other structures, including the Jacques Cartier Bridge, Honoré Mercier Bridge, Melocheville Tunnel and the Champlain Bridge Ice Control Structure.

In 2009, the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated and the Quebec Ministry of Transportation undertook a pre-feasibility study to examine the future of the Champlain Bridge. When the federal government receives the final report, it will review the findings and consider all options, including replacing the Champlain Bridge. Until then, additional repair work will be required to ensure that the existing bridge can continue to safely carry the volume of traffic forecast in the coming years.

The Champlain Bridge is one of the busiest bridges in Canada and an important route for truckers travelling to and from the United States.

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