Cornwall Ontario - The Federal Bridge Corporation announced today that Contract #3 of the North Channel Bridge Replacement Project has been awarded to American Bridge Canada.
The contract involves the demolition of the decommissioned high level bridge. A new low-level bridge opened to traffic in January 2014.
American Bridge Canada is a well-known construction company whose projects include some of the world’s largest bridges, marine installations, and other complex structures. American Bridge Canada was also a key player in the construction of the North Channel Bridge (Contract 1 - In Water Works) which was completed on schedule in 2011.
At this time, American Bridge Canada has proposed to begin the demolition of the decommissioned bridge in mid-July 2014 with a completion date around June 30, 2016. American Bridge Canada was the lowest bidder of four bids received. The tender amount is $14,981,540.
The demolition of the decommissioned high level bridge will generally consist in removing the bridge deck, the steel superstructure, the concrete piers and abutments, except for Piers 3S (on Canal Lands) and Piers 4S, 5S and 6S (in-water piers).
This demolition will allow for future construction of approach roadways from the city of Cornwall, the Canal Lands and Cornwall Island.
The Federal Bridge Corporation strongly believes that the opening of the new low level North Channel Bridge last January combined with the demolition of the decommissioned high level bridge will improve traffic flow for all and contribute in an increase in commercial traffic onto the new North Channel Bridge and the Seaway International Bridge as a whole.
For more information, including photos of the work in progress, please check out this website:
About the Seaway International Bridge
Plans for the construction of the Seaway International Bridge were initiated in 1957 and consisted in building an international toll bridge system between the City of Cornwall and Akwesasne in Ontario and Massena, New York with the South Channel Bridge (1958) located on the US side of Cornwall Island and the North Channel Bridge (1962) located on the Canadian side.
Today, the Seaway International Bridge is one of three Canada-USA border crossings in Eastern Ontario and handles over 120,000 commercial and 2,300,000 passenger transits annually.