Félix-Gabriel-Marchand covered bridge to be fixed, Quebec says

The Quebec government has announced its plans to fix the Félix-Gabriel-Marchand covered bridge in Pontiac, northwest of Ottawa, which has been closed since May 2014.

Cost estimate for Pontiac bridge rehabilitation not yet available

The Quebec government has announced its plans to fix the Félix-Gabriel-Marchand covered bridge in Pontiac, northwest of Ottawa.

The bridge spans the Coulonge River in Mansfield-et-Pontefract and was built in 1898. It's the longest covered road bridge in Quebec, and, according to the province, the second longest in the world.

A cost estimate for the rehabilitation is not yet available.

Quebec's transport ministry will develop plans and specifications, obtain permits and then put up a tender for a contract to rehabilitate the bridge.

The announcement comes after the ministry in November received a study outlining different options for repairing the bridge, which was closed for safety reasons in May 2014 after a structural evaluation.

The bridge is over 150 metres long and is one of the Pontiac region's tourist attractions.

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