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“We are inspired by the naval architecture of the first ships that discovered Île d’Orléans, but also ships constructed directly on the island,” said Martin Thibault of Stantec, which forms part of the Groupement Origine Orléans consortium that was selected to perform pre-building studies.
Transport Minister François Bonnardel said he is not able to divulge an estimate of its cost.
“We don’t often build bridges in Quebec,” he said. “Yes, it will cost a few hundred million, but I can’t tell you more than that.”
Construction of the new bridge should begin in 2022 and be complete in 2027. The existing bridge dates from 1935 and cost $16 million to repair in recent years. On average, it sees about 7,000 vehicles a day, but in the summer it can reach 15,000.
The government is preparing an environmental impact study and “can, as of now, continue the preliminary conception of the project” with the consortium.
The population will be asked to comment on the proposed new bridge as well as what to do with the existing bridge. An artist’s conception shows a plan to turn the approach to the old bridge on the mainland side into a lookout.