The construction on the new Champlain Bridge might not be the only change coming to the structure that connects the South Shore to the island of Montreal.
The Federal government and Infrastructure Canada is proposing the addition of the explorer’s first name for the newly constructed bridge. Officials are lobbying to change the name from the Champlain Bridge to the Samuel-de-Champlain Bridge.
According to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Francois-Philippe Champage, the name “Samuel-de-Champlain Bridge” has long been proposed by locals and historians.
The name will pay homage to the explorer, Samuel de Champlain, known as “The Father of New France.” He was a French navigator, cartographer, draftsman, soldier, geographer, and diplomat who made the first accurate map of the coast and helped found the settlements.
A motion was passed by Longueuil officials on July 5 for the new bridge to change its name.
Infrastructure Canada is currently seeking the public’s input and will initiate a consultation by August 24.
The new bridge, regardless of what its name will be, is slated to open to traffic on December 21, 2018.