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Canam Erects its First Box Girders for the New Champlain Bridge

September 27, 2017

It was during the month of August that we saw the first box girders fabricated by Canam appear on the piers of the West approach of the new Champlain Bridge. To date, 10 box girders with lengths varying from 65.5 ft. to 115 ft. (19.96 to 35.6 meters) have been erected. “After several months of work, our employees are very proud to see their efforts take shape”, said Robert Dutil, Senior Vice President, Canam-Bridges, Canada and General Manager, Quebec City plant. 

In addition to the 601 box girders for the construction of the new Champlain Bridge approaches and the 160 girders for the new Île-des-Soeurs Bridge, Canam-Bridges recently concluded an agreement for the fabrication of 2,000 tons of steel superstructure for three overpasses that will be part of the project. These structures will be located on Île-des-Soeurs. Fabrication will begin in late fall 2017 at the Canam plant in Quebec City and deliveries are scheduled to begin in the spring and summer of 2018, St. Lawrence Erectors, a subsidiary of Canam Group, will be responsible for erection.

Other steel components

Three other Canam plants are also involved in this large-scale project. The plants of St.-Gédéon-de-Beauce, Laval and Shawinigan in Québec share the production of the upper middle struts, the bottom middle struts, the closure plates and three types of floor beams.

Furthermore, Goodco Z-Tech, a product of Canam-Bridges, was awarded a contract to manufacture 566 ft. (172.6 meters) of modular expansion joints for the new Champlain Bridge project.

The new Champlain Bridge for Canam is:

  • 1.7 miles (2.8 km) of structure to be fabricated
  • 44,000 tons of steel
  • 601 box girders to be delivered to the site
  • 445 box girders have been fabricated to date by Canam and its subcontractors
  • 247 box girders have been fabricated only by Canam located in Quebec City
  • More than 500 workers

Erection of the first box girders on a pier of the new Champlain Bridge.