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Dispute Over Canadian Bridge Settled for Undisclosed Amount

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The Government of the Northwest Territories, Canada, has reached a settlement with individuals from the Deh Cho Bridge Corp. over questions of unpaid work on the failed design of the Deh Cho Bridge, a 1,045-meter span crossing the Mackenzie River near Fort Providence. After work was delayed one year due to a substandard design, Andrew Gamble, former project manager, and Jivko Jivkov, former design adviser, were removed from the project when the government took over from the private Deh Cho Bridge Corp. They filed a claim for $1.3 million. Earl Blacklock, a government spokesman, says the mediated settlement, while undisclosed, “was well below that figure.” Now 80% complete and at a budget of $182 million, the bridge, which had a new design by North Vancouver, B.C.-based Infinity Engineering, and is being built by Prince George, B.C.-based Ruskin Construction, is scheduled to open in November 2011.

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