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Stantec selected to lead the preliminary design of the new Île-d’Orléans cable-stayed bridge

Parul Dubey on October 26, 2020 - in Bridges, News, Projects

Firm will contribute to the development of an iconic project in Quebec


QUEBEC CITY, QC- TSX, NYSE:STN: Leading global design firm Stantec has been selected by Quebec’s Ministry of Transportation (MTQ) as part of Groupement Origine Orléans joint venture, to produce the preliminary design for the new Île-d’Orléans cable-stayed bridge, whose selected concept was unveiled today. The team’s mandate is to refine the design for the new bridge connecting Île d’Orléans and the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, near Quebec City.

Groupement Origine Orléans includes Stantec and EXP, as well as other world-renowned partners such as Lavigne & Chéron Architectes, Michel Virlogeux Consultant, Ramboll and Ombrages/Éclairage public.


Built in 1935, the existing Île-d’Orléans bridge no longer meets today’s requirements. The new 2.1-km cable-stayed bridge, which will be built to the west of the current structure, will feature two wider lanes of traffic, shoulders and a multi-use lane for pedestrians and cyclists on both sides of the bridge. Preliminary works will start in 2022 and commissioning is slated for late 2027.

“We have brought together the best engineers, architects, landscape architects and other experts to propose a clean and elegant design that integrates seamlessly into the environment and the heritage setting of Île d’Orléans,” said Martin Thibault, Stantec’s Vice President, Transportation (Quebec) and the spokesperson for Groupement Origine Orléans. “We are very proud to be involved in improving accessibility and vitality of this iconic island, which is recognized for its rich history, its historic architecture and its landscapes. This win confirms the world-class calibre of our team of experts in designing visually appealing, high-quality and durable bridges that meet the needs of the community.”

The architectural concept of the new bridge is inspired by the maritime history of Île d’Orléans and is designed to showcase the river and the natural landscape of the site. It tailors the experience to users and promotes active modes of transportation across the river. In addition to providing unparalleled views of the island, Quebec City and Montmorency Falls, the bridge will also be lit at night to feature the elegant cable-stayed structure. Moreover, the concept takes into account sustainability requirements as well as the site’s geography and climate conditions.

During the public tender process, Groupement Origine Orléans was one of three bidders selected to submit a conceptual design. Based on this, the MTQ’s committee of experts analyzed the three bids, eventually selecting the concept developed by the consortium.

Click the link to view the video illustrating the concept for the new Île-d’Orléans bridge.

Stantec has been a leader in Quebec’s bridges and civil engineering structures sector for over 60 years. The team carries out feasibility studies, planning, design, construction, inspection, asset management and refurbishment projects for all types of structures, in both urban and remote regional settings. See the Bridges and Civil Engineering Structures page on stantec.com.


About Stantec

Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That’s why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind. We care about the communities we serve—because they’re our communities too. This allows us to assess what’s needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what’s never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success. We’re designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.


Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN.


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