The Quebec Ministry of Transportation has selected consortium Renouveau La Fontaine, comprising VINCI subsidiaries (50%): Eurovia as a consortium leader, and Dodin Campenon Bernard, and Canadian company Pomerleau (50%), to rehabilitate Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine Tunnel and its access roads.
The tunnel was opened in 1967 and is the longest underwater structure in Canada, covering a distance of 1.5 km beneath the Saint-Lawrence River. It is a strategic transport corridor for the Montreal urban area, linking the eastern part of the Island of Montreal to the city of Longueuil. Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine Tunnel carries 120,000 vehicles a day.
The rehabilitation aims to improve tunnel safety, optimize traffic and promote carsharing and public transport.
The contract, worth EUR 726 million (US$ 852.43 million), calls for the financing, design, and execution of rehabilitation works. The financing package includes a bank loan from a syndicate of five Canadian banks and a Japanese bank.
The works will be carried out between early 2021 and July 2025. They include:
Throughout the works, the consortium will be responsible for the operation, upkeep, and maintenance of the various sites and roads, which will remain open to traffic at all times.
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