$40.6 million contract awarded for new lift bridge in Placentia

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The Sir Ambrose Shea Lift Bridge at Placentia. — Transcontinental Media file photo

The Department of Transportation and Works today announced it has awarded a $40.6 million contract to HJ O’Connell Construction Limited for the Placentia lift bridge replacement project.

The contract award calls for the construction of a new vertical lift bridge and road approaches from Placentia and Jerseyside. The contract also includes the removal of the existing Sir Ambrose Shea Lift Bridge.

“The new Placentia lift bridge is a lasting and very necessary infrastructure investment which will benefit the people of Placentia and surrounding communities for many years to come,” said Paul Davis, Minister of Transportation and Works, in a news released.

Ottawa is contributing $8 million to the project. Work is expected to begin in the spring and will take three years to complete.

The work was re-tendered to ensure a competitive process, and received three bids. The successful bid is $2.5 million lower than that received from a sole bidder in 2011.

In 2011, the province rejected a bid of $43 million to replace the bridge, saying it was almost $20 million over the expected cost. Since that time, the current bridge has undergone at least $1.7 million in repairs to keep it viable.




Organizations: Department of Transportation and Works, HJ O’Connell Construction

Geographic location: Placentia, Ottawa

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  • John
    March 06, 2013 - 06:45

    So I'm assuming that you think each municipality should have the taxpayers of the town only pay for new schools,hospitals,road work etc etc?We are part of something called a province and this type of project falls under the department of transportation and works. Lobster is a good name for the likes of you.

  • chris
    March 05, 2013 - 21:42

    The Baymen pay less than half the property taxes than the residents of St. john's, Paradise, Mt. Pearl or CBS and then we have to front this? Shame on the government. Increase the Baymen's taxes so they are on par with ours. If this happened you wouldn't need a bridge because they would all move to town!

  • Not from the area
    March 05, 2013 - 20:58

    I'm not from the area either, but this something long over due. Congrats people of the placentia area. People complain that their tax dollars are going toward this bridge, I don't hear them complain about their tax dollars going to welfare recipients when a lot of those people could be working.

  • Dave
    March 05, 2013 - 17:40

    To NL LOBSTER: YOUR tax money is going to this bridge for the same reason EVERYBODY ELSE'S tax money pays for things in YOUR district. This is how public funding works. Do you drive without insurance too, I wonder?

  • Corporate Psycho
    March 05, 2013 - 17:05

    After all the shagging around they basically saved nothing. What happened to 20 million over? Unbelievable. No wonder the province is in the hole.

  • mmullaley
    March 05, 2013 - 16:03

    Is there a road going to your town there NL Lobster. Good chance you are not paying your fair share of taxes anyway...thumbs down dude.

  • Wow
    March 05, 2013 - 14:13

    There are three or four fisherman that need the bridge raised during the fishing season. It would have been cheaper to move them or buy them out at 2 million a piece and put a regualr bridge in that does not have to lift and high enough for pleasure boats. It also requires 24-7 employee to sleep there and wait for a couple of boats every few months. That is a waste. What Idiots!

  • NL Lobster
    March 05, 2013 - 11:17

    Why is my tax money going to build this bridge? I don't live in Placentia. These people should pay for their own bridge.

  • Dwayne Cull
    March 05, 2013 - 10:12

    Holy!!! 40 million $$$$$$ to get from one side of Placentia to the other....I guess the tunnel across the Strait of Belle Isle is out of the question.....