On Friday, the federal government awarded McCormick Rankin Corp. a $750,036 contract for engineering services to the Chaudière Crossing.
The two-year rehabilitation project is set to begin this fall and includes minor steel repairs and protective coating (which is already underway), the replacement of the deck, sidewalk and barriers, seismic upgrades and protective repainting of the steel structure.
The Chaudière Crossing is one of three local federal bridges being rehabilitated, alongside the Macdonald-Cartier and Alexandra bridges.
The amount allocated to these three projects was not disclosed, but in a press release, Public Works noted the projects would be tendered through Merx, a procurement site commonly used by the federal government.
Carrying approximately 28,000 vehicles per day, the Chaudière Crossing was the first bridge to connect Ottawa and Gatineau over the Ottawa River. It consists of eight separate structures built at various times between 1827 and 1978.