It won’t be long before the old Champlain Bridge comes down. Soon after the new Champlain Bridge is opens, deconstruction will begin and with a hefty price tag.
The deconstruction of the old Champlain Bridge will be overseen by the JCCBI or the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Inc. as announced by the Government of Canada in a press release.
François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities said,
“Given its mandate, The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated is best positioned to undertake the deconstruction of the Champlain Bridge,”
It’s a huge job and can take up to three years to completely dismantle the iconic link between the South Shore and Montreal – and one of the most used bridges in Canada. More than that, it’s going to cost about $400 million.
The 57-year-old bridge will come down by work crews who will try to recycle whatever materials can be reused.
When Will the New Champlain Bridge Open?
Originally scheduled to open in December of 2018, the New Champlain Bridge will open on June 30, 2019, just in time for Canada Day!
It’s supposed to last 125 years, and at a $4.2B cost it seems worth it.
So it will cost $33.6 million each year for the next 125 years.