Montreal’s new Champlain Bridge, due to open on December 1st, 2018, is already suffering from structural faults, six different sources have revealed to Le Journal de Montréal. These faults have already necessitated over 2,000 repairs, possibly even jeopardizing the timely delivery of the project.
The main problem is with steel beams manufactured by Spanish company Tecade. Workers at different levels in the Champlain construction crew report that nearly every beam received from Tecade has problems: porous material, incomplete welds and misaligned holes are just some of the problems detected so far by workers.
Entire teams on the project have been reassigned from their regular tasks to repair the defective parts, wasting precious time. Meanwhile, everyone on the project still say the December 1st deadline will be respected… On the condition that the expense be made to make all the necessary repairs.