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Harper Government Invites Tenders for Construction Project at Burlington Canal Lift Bridge

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 08/22/14 -- Public Works and Government Services Canada

Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament for Burlington, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today announced that the Government of Canada has issued an invitation to tender for the upcoming construction project at the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge to replace key components of the bridge lift system.

The four-lane Burlington Canal Lift Bridge, completed in 1962, spans the Burlington Bay Canal, which connects Lake Ontario to the Port of Hamilton. The bridge is not only a highway link between Burlington and Hamilton for thousands of commuters daily, but its lift function allows both commercial marine and pleasure craft traffic to move freely between Lake Ontario and the Port of Hamilton.

The Harper Government recognizes the importance of investing in infrastructure like the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge to both provide accessible transit options and create jobs and economic growth.

Construction will take place over winter 2015 and winter 2016 during the regular periods of closure for the Burlington Canal. The project is expected to be completed in March 2016.

Quick Facts

- An invitation to tender has been released on Buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders. It will close on October 7, 2014.

- The Burlington Canal Lift Bridge is part of Public Works and Government Services Canada's (PWGSC) portfolio of 19 engineering assets, which include bridges and dams located across the country. PWGSC is carrying out a five-year rehabilitation and maintenance plan worth approximately $250 million for these assets to ensure their continued functionality and availability.

- The bridge is the only local route for commercial and non-commercial vehicles travelling between the east side of Burlington and Hamilton and is used by cyclists and pedestrians as well. It is also the only alternative route when the Burlington Skyway Bridge is closed.

Quotes

"Our Government's top priorities remain job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity. The Burlington Canal Lift Bridge is an important piece of regional infrastructure that will serve thousands of Canadians daily and create jobs, providing both local and regional benefits."

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services

"These investments in infrastructure will support the economy, while also ensuring that we continue to provide safe public infrastructure for all Canadians. This project will replace the components that control the lift system of the bridge, ensuring its continued safety and functionality."

Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament for Burlington

Associated Links

Burlington Canal Lift Bridge website

Photo: Burlington Canal Lift Bridge

PWGSC news releases are also available on our Internet site.

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Contacts:
Marcel Poulin
Office of the Honourable Diane Finley
819-997-5421

Media Relations
Public Works and Government Services Canada
819-956-2315

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