The National Capital Region’s oldest interprovincial crossing is poised to undergo a major rehabilitation to replace several aging structures and bring the structure into “harmony” with a new waterfront community taking shape around it.
Public Services and Procurement Canada said Friday that it’s awarded a $24.6 million construction management contract to Quebec City-based Construction Demathieu & Bard for work on the Hull Causeway and Union Bridge – two of the spans that collectively comprise the Chaudière Crossing that connects Booth Street in Ottawa to Eddy Street in Gatineau.
Several steel and concrete components in the century-old Union Bridge have reached the end of their useful lives and need to be repaired or replaced, the federal government said in a statement. Meanwhile, the Hull Causeway is being widened to include raised cycling lanes and larger sidewalks to improve connections with the new Zibi mixed-use development.
Prior to the pandemic, some 18,000 cars and trucks – or roughly nine per cent of the National Capital Region’s interprovincial vehicle traffic – used the Chaudière Crossing daily. However, with traffic down by more than one-third amid stay-at-home orders and other restrictions, federal officials believe the other interprovincial bridges will be able to accommodate additional vehicles during construction on the Chaudière Crossing, which is expected to run from July 2021 to September 2022.