More workers hired to ensure new Champlain Bridge will be completed on time
An extra 200 workers were hired this summer to meet December 2018 deadline
The consortium in charge of building the new Champlain bridge says the span will be completed on time — despite being six to nine months behind schedule.
Signature sur le Saint-Laurent says it's picking up the pace with more workers on the site working around the clock so that the new bridge will be completed by the end of next year.
The $4-billion project is behind schedule due in part to the public engineers' strike last spring, which lasted several weeks.
Also, a sudden change in provincial standards, which prevented transport trucks carrying heavy loads from taking the old Champlain Bridge, further delayed the work.
The consortium is suing the federal government for nearly $124 million, alleging it wasn't forewarned that the existing bridge couldn't bear the weight required to transport important pieces to the worksite.
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The new bridge's expected lifespan is 125 years.