Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A New Champlain Bridge Is needed

Section of the Brossard side of the Champlain Bridge. Photograph by: Phil Carpenter, The Gazette

Champlain Bridge Has Terminal Cancer: Expert -- Montreal Gazette

Time to move beyond politics to replace structure, NDP says

MONTREAL – The Champlain Bridge has the engineering equivalent of terminal cancer, a McGill University structures specialist declared Monday – accompanied by two Montreal-area Members of Parliament who told reporters that their opposition New Democratic Party is prepared to help rebuild Canada’s infrastructure without letting political considerations get in the way.

“The key thing is the need to construct something urgently” to replace the Champlain, said Saeed Mirza, an emeritus professor of civil engineering and applied mechanics at McGill University. He has been keeping his eye on the deteriorating structure since the 1980s. The Champlain might last “another 10 to 15 years,” he said, unless disabled by a major earthquake.

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My Comment: Where were these politicians 5 or 10 years ago?

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