Ottawa pledges new Champlain bridge for Montreal

Project could take 10 years to build, cost $5 billion

The federal government announced Wednesday it would replace Montreal’s crumbling Champlain bridge with a brand new structure. Transport Minister Denis Lebel was in Montreal for the announcement of the project, which is expected to take 10 years and cost $5 billion. In its accompanying press release, Transport Canada says it wants to explore implementing tolls on the bridge, and using public-private partnership to build it. Lebel said he doesn’t know when construction will start, adding that his ministry needs to conduct more studies.

Montreal Gazette