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Government of Canada invests in rehabilitation work on Victoria Bridge in Montréal


January 25, 2021
By Rock to Road

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Victoria Bridge as viewed from upstream, from Montreal Technoparc. Photo: GNU Free Documentation License

Montreal – Minister of Transport Honourable Omar Alghabra announced a contribution agreement of nearly $15 million over three years with CN to carry out rehabilitation work needed to maintain the Victoria Bridge between Montréal and the South Shore.

The Government of Canada said it is committed to protecting and serving Canadians beyond the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government said it will ensure critical trade corridors remain open and operational so that Canadians can continue to receive the essential goods they need to stay safe and healthy while supporting and stimulating the Canadian economy.

“Our government is investing in the Canadian economy by improving our infrastructure. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to support infrastructure projects, such as the rehabilitation of the Victoria Bridge, to support and promote economic growth,” said Alghabra.

The Victoria Bridge is a strategic link between Montréal and the South Shore, connecting the city directly to the city of Saint-Lambert.

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As stated in the Economic and Fiscal Snapshot 2020 on July 8, the project aims to repair structural elements of the roadway portion of the bridge and to optimize road signage. Once the work is completed, people living in and around Greater Montréal will benefit from a more effective and safe transportation system.

“The Victoria Bridge is an essential link between the South Shore and the Island of Montréal. The investment announced today will ensure a steady flow of people and goods while maintaining the long-term safety of those who use the bridge’s roadway,” said Alexandra Mendès, member of parliament for Brossard–Saint-Lambert.

Originally built as a railway bridge in 1854, the Victoria Bridge was adapted in 1898 to accommodate road traffic. CN owns and operates the bridge.

“We are very pleased to be working with the Government of Canada on this important investment. The Victoria Bridge was the first bridge to connect Montréal and the South shore and remains a critical trade-enabling infrastructure that facilitates the flow of goods and commuters and it is an essential link in the North American economy. Safety is a core value at CN, and this investment will help ensure the longevity of the road portion of the bridge,” said Executive Vice-President of Corporate Services and CN Chief Legal Officer Sean Finn.