May 28th, 2024

Ottawa to acquire Quebec Bridge from CN, will spend $1 billion on span over 25 years

By The Canadian Press on May 15, 2024.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces the purchase of the Quebec Bridge from Canadian National, Wednesday, May 15, 2024 in Quebec City. From left, MP Joel Lightbound, Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of public services and procurement, Trudeau, Quebec City Mayor Bruno Marchand and Minister of Transport Pablo Rodriguez. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

QUEBEC – The federal government says it has reached a deal with Canadian National Railway Company to acquire the historic Quebec Bridge.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters in Quebec City that Ottawa will spend $1 billion over the next 25 years to repair, repaint and maintain the bridge, extending the span’s life for “decades.”

The Quebec Bridge stretches 549 metres across the St. Lawrence River, connecting Quebec City with its south shore, and is the longest cantilever bridge in the world,

While Ottawa will own the bridge, the deal says CN and the Quebec government will retain responsibility and ownership of the rails and roadway on the span, which is crossed by 33,000 vehicles a day.

The bridge opened in 1917 and was designated a national historic site in 1995 because of its length and the fact it was the first major bridge in North America made of nickel and steel.

Its construction was plagued by tragedy, with a 1907 collapse killing 76 workers and a second accident in 1916 leading to the deaths of 13 people.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 15, 2024.

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