Quebec selects Vinci consortium to revamp Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine Tunnel

WCN Editorial Team 31 Jul 2020 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Quebec Ministry of Transportation has awarded a €726m contract to the consortium Renouveau La Fontaine that includes VINCI subsidiaries Eurovia, DodinCampenon Bernard and Pomerleau to rehabilitate Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine Tunnel and its access roads.

Opened in 1967, the tunnel is considered to be one of the longest underwater structures in the country, covering a distance of 1.5km beneath the Saint-Lawrence River.

As a strategic transport corridor for the Montreal urban area, which links the eastern part of the Island of Montreal to the city of Longueuil, nearly 120,000 vehicles use the tunnel every day.

As per the rehabilitation contract, tunnel safety will be improved while traffic will be optimised by promoting car-sharing and public transport.

The contract includes financing, design and execution of the rehabilitation works. The financing package includes a bank loan from a syndicate of five Canadian banks and one Japanese bank.

The works will include widening the A20 motorway by adding a new bus and car-sharing lane, along with the rehabilitation of 25km of pavement (on the A25 and A20) and an interchange.

The tunnel structure will also be repaired, with the installation of new fire protection facings, along with landscaping and architectural finishes.

All the electrical and electro-mechanical and supervisory infrastructure will be modernised, including the installation of new technologies to increase operator and user safety through fire safety equipment and smoke evacuation systems.

Throughout the work, the consortium will be responsible for the operation, upkeep and maintenance of the several sites and roads, which will be open for traffic at all times.

In the Renouveau La Fontaine consortium, VINCI subsidiaries Eurovia and Dodin Campenon Bernard hold a 50% stake while the remaining stake is held by Pomerleau and Eurovia will act as the consortium leader.

Earlier this month, Alberta’s Ministry of Transportation had selected a consortium of Vinci and Graham to design and build the southern segment of the ring road around Calgary, under a €183m contract.

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Vinci consortium to rehabilitate tunnel in Montreal, Canada. (Credit: Vinci.)

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