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Our new bridge in Montreal is one of Canada’s biggest infrastructure projects

With the construction well underway, our New Champlain Bridge, which crosses the Saint Lawrence River in Montreal, is one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Canada and North America these years.

The New Champlain Bridge will replace the existing Champlain Bridge and drastically improve infrastructure in the region. With its instantly recognizable design, the new bridge will have the potential to become a significant landmark, which people around the world will naturally associate with Montreal.

The construction of the New Champlain Bridge is moving along fast. As you can see in this beautiful film, the contractor is currently working on the construction of the huge main pylon. The 170-metres tall main pylon is the signature element of the bridge onto which the 60 angled cables supporting the bridge deck are attached. The cable-stayed bridge spans 500 meters and the entire crossing is 3400 meters long.

Montreal’s old Champlain Bridge is one of North America’s busiest spans, with 50 million cars, buses and trucks crossing it each year. Increased traffic combined with the damage caused by road salt and other factors had contributed to the structure’s considerable wear and tear, so Infrastructure Canada decided to replace it with a new bridge in almost the same location. In addition to being used by residents of the metropolitan region for their everyday commute, the crossing is part of a vital overland link for freight transportation between Canada and the United States. 

DISSING+WEITLING designed the New Champlain Bridge in collaboration with Arup Canada and Provencher Roy.