Ottawa, Ontario – The Government of Canada has awarded a contract to start work on replacing the deck of the Honoré-Mercier Bridge in Quebec. The bridge spans the St. Lawrence River between LaSalle on the Island of Montreal and the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake on the South Shore and is one of the busiest bridges in the province.

The first phase of the project, valued at $66 million, will strengthen the steel structure and replace the bridge deck on the elevated access ramps on the South Shore. The work should be completed in 2010. The federal government will invest $57 million and the government of Quebec will contribute $9 million.

“Replacing the Honoré-Mercier Bridge deck will allow residents, from both the region and throughout Quebec, safe and continued use of one of Montreal’s most important infrastructures,” said Michael Fortier, federal Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and Minister responsible for the Montreal region. “This project will generate direct economic benefits for the Montreal region.”

The contract was awarded to the Mohawk Bridge Consortium, under the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business. Work on the first phase will begin soon.

Nearly 3,400 trucks use the bridge each day, and approximately 28 million vehicles use it each year.

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