Félix-Gabriel-Marchand bridge Mansfield-et-Pontefract

The Félix-Gabriel-Marchand bridge is Quebec's longest covered bridge at around 150 metres, and has been closed since May 2014, when a structural evaluation showed significant damage. (Radio-Canada)

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.