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Government funding for St. Lawrence bridge study


November 26, 2013
By Rock to Road

November 26, 2013, Ottawa, Ont. — The Government of Canada
has awarded a contract to IBI Group to further the work on the eventual construction of a new bridge for the St. Lawrence.

November 26, 2013, Ottawa, Ont. — The Government of Canada
has awarded a contract to IBI Group to further the work on the eventual construction of a new bridge for the St. Lawrence.

The contract, in the amount of $1,094,218 (taxes included),
entails preparatory studies and writing of technical requirements to help
identify options for the operation of intelligent transportation systems,
lighting systems, and electronic tolling systems for the new bridge for the St.
Lawrence.

The intelligent transportation systems will incorporate
various information and communication technologies that will give road users an
efficient, safe and sustainable transportation network. They will also help
users travel quickly and safely by informing them of any delay or other
situation that may impact their travel. These systems will additionally enable
a continuous flow of goods.

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The preparatory studies will include the following:

  • assessment of
    relevant intelligent transportation system options, in particular traffic
    management systems, user information systems, safety systems and monitoring of
    traffic;
  • assessment of
    technological compatibility and information sharing with systems used by other
    organizations, for electronic systems and tolling;
  • recommended design
    criteria for these systems; and
  • description of
    needs for electrical and lighting systems.

The work also includes:

  • preparation of
    preliminary design drawings for intelligent transportation systems, tolling
    systems, and electrical and lighting systems;
  • writing of
    technical specifications and performance criteria for intelligent
    transportation systems, electrical and lighting systems, and electronic tolling
    systems, to be incorporated in bid or proposal documentation for the next
    phases of the project; and
  • preparation of
    cost estimates for installation, maintenance and long-term operation of
    intelligent transportation systems, electrical and lighting systems, and
    electronic tolling systems.

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) managed
the procurement process for this contract and ensured that it was carried out
in a manner that was competitive and fair, resulting in the best value for
Canadian taxpayers. A fairness monitor oversaw the procurement process and
PWGSC’s integrity measures were applied.

On October 5, 2011, the Government of Canada announced that
it would build new infrastructure to replace the Champlain Bridge. This bridge
is one of the busiest in Canada, with $20 billion worth of international trade
crossing it every year. It is a crucial corridor for the regional economy and
for Canada as a whole. The project also meets the objectives of Canada’s
gateway strategies.