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What Montreal's All-New Champlain Bridge Should Look Like

Photo cred - TVA

One famous French architect isn't too pleased with the federal government's plans for the new Champlain Bridge, and while you may not know this architect's name, you've definitely seen his work. Roger Taillibert, the architect responsible for Montreal's Olympic Stadium & Biodome, has his own conception for the Champlain Bridge, on he believes is far superior to the current plan, reports TVA.

In Taillibert's conception of the new Champlain, the bridge would be 3.4km long and 50 meters wide, composed entirely of steel,. Along the St. Lawrence River, eight points of support would be holding up said bridge, which has a projected cost of $1.8 billion.

Denis Coderre has received Taillibert's plan for the Champlain Bridge, says TVA, who has reportedly watched the project's promo-video. You can watch it for yourself here.

A peer of Taillibert, fellow architect Pierre Briset, is not confident in Taillibert's proposal. Speaking to TVA, Briset believes Taillibert's plan is just a ripoff of the Millau Viaduct in southern France, an architectural design that would be ill-suited for a bridge meant to span the St. Lawrence River.

We're inclined to agree with Briset, not because we know tons about bridges, but because of Taillibert's recently attained reputation for being the architect behind the world's most over-budget building project, otherwise known as the Olympic Stadium, which doesn't really inspire confidence in Taillibert. If Taillibert does get the go-ahead, lets hope he doesn't go 1990% over budget like with the Big O.

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