Gatineau firms win federal bridge contracts

Two Quebec-based companies have received millions of dollars worth of federal contracts to upgrade interprovincial crossings in the National Capital Region.

Public Works announced Tuesday that Construction Larivière Ltée. - which also has an office in Ottawa - won a $4.9-million contract to replace the deck and repair the steel on the Chaudière Crossing's Hull Causeway. Additionally, Le Groupe P.F. Brisson Peinture Inc. received a $3.3-million contract to apply a new coat of protective paint on the Alexandra Bridge.

Both projects are expected to start this spring and wrap up by the end of the year.

Tuesday’s announcements were the latest in a series of contracts to upgrade the two crossings awarded in recent years.

In 2009, Atwill-Morin received an $800,000 contract to repair the Chaudière Crossing. More recently, McCormick Rankin Corp. received a $750,036 contract for engineering services to the Chaudière Crossing.

Pomerleau won a $35.2-million bid in 2009 to strengthen and retrofit the steel Alexandra Bridge and perform seismic upgrades of its piers and abutments.

In 2010, its 575-metre-long centre lane concrete deck, guardrails and pedestrian boardwalks were replaced.

The two crossings collectively carry slightly more than a quarter of the daily interprovincial vehicle traffic between Ottawa and Gatineau, according to Public Works.

The Chaudière Crossing carries approximately 28,000 vehicles daily, or about 15 per cent of all traffic between the two cities, while the Alexandra Bridge transports approximately 22,000 vehicles per day, or 13 per cent of the National Capital Region's interprovincial vehicle bridge traffic.