The Confederation Bridge joins the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward I


The Confederation Bridge joins the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and
New Brunswick, making travel throughout the Maritimes easy and convenient. The curved, 12.9
kilometers (8 miles) long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, and a
decade after its construction, it endures as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the
20th century.
The decision to replace the existing ferry service with a fixed link followed a heated debate
throughout the 1980s. Farmers, fishermen, tourism operators and residents of Prince Edward
Island had sharply contrasting opinions about how year-round access to the mainland would
affect their way of life and livelihood. Eventually, it was decided that the debate would be settled
at the polls. The federal department of Public Works and Government Services selected its
favorite bridge design out of several proposals from the private sector, and on January 18, 1988,
Premier Joseph Ghiz asked Prince Edward Islanders to make the final decision in a plebiscite. At
the polls, 59.4 percent of Islanders voted “Yes” to a fixed link.
After four years of construction using crews of more than five thousand local workers, the
Confederation Bridge opened to traffic in the spring of 1997, at a total construction cost of one
billion dollars. Today, the Confederation Bridge is operated by Strait Crossing Bridge Limited,
headquartered in the shadow of the bridge in Borden – Carleton, Prince Edward Island. Source: https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/confederation-bridge What contract type/s was/were used in the confederation bridge? Were these methods
successful in the project? If you are a consultant/s to the government, what contract method
(may be a combination of several methods) will you recommend to a similar project in the
immediate future?


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