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Châteauguay Will Not Move Ahead with the Joseph-Allard Park Footbridge Rehabilitation Project

Monday, 18 February, 2019

Châteauguay, February 18, 2019 – After reassessing the cost of rebuilding Joseph-Allard park’s large footbridge, the Ville de Châteauguay will not be able to proceed with this project for which financial assistance was announced last August.

Initially, Héritage Saint-Bernard received the confirmation of a grant of $285,416 from the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (now called the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport), which meant that the City needed to invest an equivalent amount to cover the total project cost estimated at $570,000.

However, the last bid obtained in December 2018 would substantially increase the City’s contribution compared to the first estimates from 2015. In fact, the estimated cost has considerably increased over the past three years, and, after adding the fees for plans and specifications, the application for a permit from the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques and the site supervision costs, the amount the City would have to inject in the project has doubled from what was initially planned and is now over $542,000.

Considering this new information, the City Council had to make the decision not to move ahead with rebuilding the footbridge.

The footbridge in question, built in 2000 from recycled Hydro-Québec poles following the 1998 ice storm, will therefore remain condemned since its poor condition does not ensure the safety of users. It is 700 feet long and crosses a swamp near the Saint-Jean stream, bridging the shores of Lac Saint-Louis with the multipurpose trail leading to Parc de la Commune.

Last update: 2019-02-21 11:23

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