January 18, 2012
(QUEBEC CITY, QC) – Structal-Bridges, a division of Canam Group Inc. (TSX: CAM), has concluded an agreement worth close to $12M for the fabrication of the steel structure that will replace the Memorial Bridge, a lift bridge on U.S. 1 between Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Built in 1923, the 900-ft. (274.3 m) through truss bridge spanning the Piscataqua River was permanently closed in July 2011 due to its deteriorated condition.
The project, which was awarded to Structal-Bridges by Archer Western Contractors, a subsidiary of Walsh Construction Company, calls for the fabrication of three through truss spans, each measuring 300 ft. (91.4 m) in length, and two 163-ft. (49.7 m) towers for the moveable section of the bridge. Structal-Bridges will also supply the steel structure to replace the approaches to the main bridge.
According to Robin Lapointe, Vice President, Structal-Bridges: “We appreciate the confidence demonstrated by Walsh Construction Company towards our expertise and know-how. This is the fourth major mandate that they have entrusted to us over the past three years.” In addition to a newly signed contract for the replacement of the Moses Wheeler Bridge in Connecticut, the two companies previously collaborated in the construction of an overpass in the scope of the I-95 New Haven Crossing Corridor Improvement Program, also in Connecticut.
The components required for the Memorial Bridge project will be fabricated at the Canam Group plant in Claremont, New Hampshire. “Thanks to recent investments made to expand and modernize this plant, Structal-Bridges is now well positioned to execute large-scale projects in the U.S.,” added Mr. Lapointe.
Deliveries will begin in September 2012 and be completed by February 2013. Initially slated to reopen in spring 2014, the new bridge will be operational a year earlier, in July 2013, which will be made possible using accelerated bridge construction techniques.
A short time ago, Structal-Bridges also concluded an agreement with Aecon Group Inc. for the execution of a project worth over $9M in Canada. The contract includes the fabrication and installation of box girders as well as the fabrication of structural bearings as part of the North Channel Bridge Replacement Project in Cornwall, Ontario.
Structal-Bridges is a North American manufacturer of steel bridges, structural bearings and expansion joints. In addition to its Quebec City plant, which opened in 1956, the company operates a plant in Laval, another in New Hampshire, and also occupies a section of the Canam Group plants in St. Gédéon de Beauce, Quebec and Point of Rocks, Maryland. Structal-Bridges serves the highway and railway bridge sectors in Canada and numerous states in the U.S.
Canam Group is a leader in the design and fabrication of construction products and solutions, and a leading provider of design-build and virtual design and construction services. The company operates more than 25 manufacturing plants and engineering offices in Canada, the United States, Romania, India and China, and has partnerships with companies in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and China.
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