May 16, 2012
Structal-Bridges recently concluded an agreement with Hamel Construction Inc. for the fabrication of steel components that will be used in the construction of a highway bridge over Rivière Verte in the town of l’Isle-Verte, which is located in the county of Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec. The bridge is being built in the scope of the Autoroute 20 extension project between Cacouna and Rimouski, Bic sector.
The 643-ft. (196 m) bridge will be built from steel girders totaling approximately 1,060 tons. The components will be fabricated at the Canam Group plant located in Quebec City during winter 2013 and deliveries will begin in May of the same year. Goodco Z-Tech, a product of Structal-Bridges, will supply 24 laminated elastomeric structural bearings, 11 pot bearings, 4 HSS-type Series 1000 expansion joints and an LG-2-type modular expansion joint for this and two other structures that are part of the project. Structal-Bridges and Goodco Z-Tech are also collaborating with Hamel Construction in the execution of another project, the Havre-aux-Maisons Bridge in the Magdalen Islands, Quebec, which features 2,500 tons of steel components.15
The Autoroute 20 extension project in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region will help meet long-term traffic needs and reduce the risk of accidents resulting from the current use of Route 132, which is the only major axial highway between a portion of the Bas-Saint-Laurent, the Gaspé Peninsula and southern Quebec.