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Ottawa Acquires Historic Quebec Bridge from CN

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The Canadian federal government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has reached an agreement with Canadian National Railway (CN) to acquire the iconic Quebec Bridge.

The Canadian federal government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has reached an agreement with Canadian National Railway (CN) to acquire the iconic Quebec Bridge. The deal will see Ottawa invest $40 million annually over 25 years to rehabilitate the structure, ensuring its long-term viability and returning control to the people of Quebec.

The Quebec Bridge, a marvel of civil and architectural engineering, has connected Quebec City and Lévis across the St. Lawrence River for over a century. It is the longest cantilever bridge ever built and serves as a crucial transportation link for the region.

This move to repatriate the bridge fulfills a long-standing promise made by the federal government, dating back to 2019 and included in the Liberal Party’s platform during the 2021 election. While Ottawa will own the structure, CN and the Quebec government will retain responsibility for the rails and roadway.

The future of a third link between Quebec City and Lévis, in the form of a tunnel project, remains uncertain. Despite initial support from the provincial government, the project has faced opposition due to concerns about traffic volume, environmental impact, and greenhouse gas emissions. A proposal to dedicate the tunnel to public transit is currently under consideration.

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