May 25, 2012
Structal-Bridges recently concluded an agreement to fabricate the steel components for a total of four structures that are being built in the scope of the Autoroute 5 extension project in Quebec’s Outaouais region. This is the second contract obtained by Structal-Bridges from general contractor Couillard Construction Ltd.
The four structures, which will total 810 tons of steel, include two overpasses above Valley Road on Autoroute 5 and two bridges over La Pêche River: one on Autoroute 5 and the other on Route 366. Fabrication of the steel girders, which will vary between 98.4 ft. and 164 ft. (30 and 50 m) in length, will take place at the Canam Group plant in Quebec City from August 2012 to February 2013. Delivery of the components will begin in October 2012 and continue through to April 2013.
Structal-Bridges obtained an initial mandate for this project in 2011 to fabricate components for the construction of the Chelsea Bridge. This structure marks the extension of Autoroute 5, which spans Meech Creek at the Wakefield bypass over a 2.3-mile (3.6 km) distance, in the Town of Chelsea located in RCM Les Collines-de-l’Outaouais. Structal-Bridges fabricated twelve 128-ft. (39 m) girders totaling 267 tons as part of this first contract.
Goodco Z-Tech, a product of Structal-Bridges, has supplied 28 laminated bearings, 20 pot bearings, 6 Type HSS Series 1000 expansion joints and 2 LG-4 modular expansion joints in the scope of this project.
The extension of Autoroute 5 represents a major project for the development of a north-south highway corridor in the southern Outaouais region. When completed, the project will extend Autoroute 5 northward by 6.2 miles (10 km) and ensure an efficient link between the municipalities of the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais and the downtown cores of Gatineau and Ottawa.