PSPC awards contract for Des Joachims Bridge repairs


CaDCRstaff writer

Public Services and Procurement Canada has awarded a $1.2 million contract to Groupe Lapalme for repair work and upgrades on the Des Joachims Bridge, which crosses the Ottawa River and connects Rapides-des-Joachims, Que., and Rolphton, Ont.

“Nearly 500 vehicles cross the Des Joachims Bridge daily, making it an essential link for the community of Rapides-des-Joachims. This construction contract represents a significant step towards maintaining the bridge’s safety and functionality, ensuring it continues to meet the needs of both local and commercial traffic,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

Repairs are needed to prolong the structure’s lifespan and guarantee safety. Work will include replacing bridge guide rails and traffic signs and the masonry ballast wall, repairing deteriorated concrete and stabilizing and protecting the slope on the Ontario side.

Construction is expected to start May 27 and be completed by August 10.

“The bridge plays an indispensable role at the heart of our community, serving as a vital year-round link for our children on their way to school, for our fellow citizens on their way to various points of service, including the hospital, and for our sawmill workers. It symbolizes the rhythm and essence of daily life in our town, reflecting the interconnectedness and unity of our community,” said Lucie Rivet-Paquette, Mayor of Rapides-des-Joachims.


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