City sues Airport Parkway bridge designer for $4.6 million

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The City of Ottawa says it has filed a $4.6 million lawsuit against WSP Canada, formerly known as Genivar, the company that designed the troubled Airport Parkway pedestrian bridge.

The pedestrian bridge project on the Airport Parkway.

“We are calling on Genivar to pay for the $4.6 million in costs that have resulted from their design," Mayor Jim Watson said in a release. "This multi-million dollar claim demonstrates our commitment to holding outside consultants accountable for the role that they played in this troubled project.”

The city fired WSP, then operating as Genivar, from the project in October, saying there were problems with the design. It wasn’t the first time work on the project was halted.  Much of the bridge was torn down in the spring of 2012, after concrete poured the previous summer failed to set properly.

Genivar, which became WSP in January, has disputed the city’s claim there were fundamental flaws in the design.

In December, city councillors voted to spend an additional $4.65 million to complete the bridge, bringing the cost of the project from $7 million to $11.65 million.

The majority of work on the bridge was to be completed by fall 2011, with landscaping and some finishing touches coming that spring.

Construction work on the bridge started again in April.

Organizations: Genivar

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  • Barry McKay
    June 06, 2014 - 16:04

    Amazing that out of the tens of thousands of employees we are paying for at City Hall, no-one was able to spot that this whole project was a total cock-up. Good luck by the way on getting any money back from Genivar - the lawyers will love it though.

  • Haijiang
    June 03, 2014 - 16:51

    The project was cost too much, a similar project in Asian, Europe and American will cost only half or even less and take only half-year to finish.