AMT to Use Champlain Bridge Ice Bridge and Road Along St. Lawrence River

VERDUN, QC, Aug. 23, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - For a period of approximately 12 weeks, starting mid-September, during weekday rush hours (excluding statutory holidays), buses and emergency vehicles will be using the Champlain Bridge ice control structure (commonly called the "ice bridge") as well as the road that runs along the St. Lawrence River.

This measure is being taken in order to speed up bus operations between those municipalities affected by the partial, temporary closure of the Mercier Bridge, on the one hand, and Angrignon terminus as well as downtown Montréal, on the other. In fact, due to the work being carried out on the Mercier Bridge, the AMT (Agence métropolitaine de transport) has reached an agreement with JCCBI (The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated) as well as with SLSMC (The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation) to allow the use of the ice bridge and the road running along the St. Lawrence River by the following transit corporations: the CIT du Sud-Ouest, the CIT du Haut-Saint-Laurent and the CIT Roussillon.

Rush hour transit operations
In the morning, the buses will be able to continue taking the Mercier Bridge to drop off passengers at Angrignon terminus and in downtown Montréal. Then, using the ice bridge and the road that runs along the St. Lawrence River, these buses will deadhead (make an empty return) to their point of departure in order to pick up Montréal-bound transit users. These deadheading operations will take place between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Then in the afternoon, for their return to Montréal, the buses leaving Angrignon terminus and downtown Montréal will be able to get to their destination, as usual, but will deadhead along the same route, in the opposite direction, via the road that runs along the St. Lawrence River and the ice bridge. These transit operations will be carried out between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Minor impact on L'Île-des-Sœurs traffic
At morning rush hours, the buses leaving from Angrignon terminus will take Exit 57 Nord and will travel along chemin de la Pointe-Nord to get to boulevard René-Lévesque. The merging point to access the ice bridge will be at the fire station on the island. During afternoon rush hours, the buses will take the same route, in the opposite direction, along chemin de la Pointe-Nord, to access Autoroute 15 Nord. It is estimated that a maximum of 50 buses will pass in transit along the ice bridge. The AMT has already submitted Borough authorities a road sign plan in order to facilitate bus traffic and access to the ice bridge.

"It is within a spirit of cooperation and with the assurance that these transit operations will have only minor impacts on traffic in the L'Île-des-Sœurs neighbourhood that we have authorized the AMT to use the Pointe-Nord road system," stated Borough Mayor Claude Trudel, who is also a member of the Executive Committee responsible for public safety and security. "We will be keeping a very close watch over the situation to ensure compliance with safety standards and also to make sure that this operation is running smoothly," added the Mayor.

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Verdun Borough

Information:
Francine Morin
Responsable du Protocole et des relations publiques
Verdun Borough
514 765-7282
francine.morin@verdun.ca
francinemorin@ville.montreal.qc.ca