Champlain Bridge Area: Major Roadwork Scheduled for Weekends Starting Mid-May

To remain informed and to avoid traffic: www.champlainbridge.ca

LONGUEUIL, QC, May 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) wishes to inform road users in the Greater Montreal Area that several night and, mostly weekend closures, are scheduled on the Champlain Bridge and its approaches during the next roadwork season.

Once again this year, major roadwork will take place to continue to ensure the safety of Champlain Bridge. Of the $212 million granted in 2009, approximately $39.1 million have already been spent in 2009 and 2010. This year, close to $30 million will be invested in the Champlain Bridge in order to rehabilitate the beams, piers and bridge pier caps, to replace the expansion joints and the central median, as well as to carry out some paving work.

The major roadwork in the Champlain Bridge corridor will take place at three different times:

  • First of all, from mid-May to mid-June, we will be particularly active on the Champlain Bridge in order to completely replace the expansion joints, and this over the course of four weekends.
  • In August, we will begin major paving work on the bridge, and this will also be over the course of four weekends.
  • Finally, roadwork will be taking place in the federal sector of Highway 15 on the eastern viaduct, located between Atwater St. and the Nuns' Island Bridge, over the course of three weekends starting in September.

Several weekly night closures will also be taking place, in addition to the weekend work, in order to continue the roadwork underneath the bridge, which began in February. Also, it is important to note that repair work will also be taking place on the overhead part of the Bonaventure Highway, which will require certain lane closures and detour routes from May to October at Exit 2.

Follow the work and avoid traffic

During this roadwork, we will be implementing various mitigation measures with our partners and recommending various detour routes so as to limit as much as possible the impact on traffic. To remain informed, road users will be able to follow the progress of the work on our blog www.champlainbridge.ca as well as on Twitter or via our newsletter or RSS feed. Roadwork schedules will be updated regularly to enable road users to remain informed of upcoming closures.

During these closures, we also recommend that road users use the Jacques-Cartier, Victoria and even Honoré-Mercier Bridges. In fact, the two lanes on the Victoria Bridge will be open in a single direction from 9 AM to 9 PM on Saturday and Sunday to counter the closures on the Champlain Bridge and the opening of a single lane in a direction. The Jacques-Cartier Bridge will also be able to open three lanes in one direction or the other depending on traffic flow.

Finally, let us note that the lanes open to traffic on the Champlain Bridge, northbound or southbound according to the location of the roadwork, will be narrower than usual, namely 3.3 meters. Trucks exceeding the allowed width will be asked to avoid the Champlain Bridge.

Ensuring the Safety of the Champlain Bridge

Numerous measures are taken annually to ensure the safety of the Champlain Bridge, namely detailed inspections and major roadwork, which began two years ago. More than fifty fiber optic sensors have also been installed on the Champlain Bridge in order to monitor the structure live. The major work, which started in 2009, is progressing very well. By the end of the year, close to 94% of the edge beams and 60% of the bridge pier caps (what the beams rest on) will have received a post-tension support.

Road and public transport users can rest assured that all measures are taken to maintain the safety of the Champlain Bridge.

Detailed Roadwork Schedule

Here is a detailed schedule of the main weekend closures. In each case, we have listed the NUMBER OF OPEN LANES in each direction. These major closures do require the complete closure of one direction with a lane against the flow of traffic in the other direction. Depending on the direction of the closure, a single lane will be open in one direction and two in the other.

Complete replacement of the expansion joints (4 weekends in May and June):

  1. From Friday May 13 at 11 p.m. to Monday May 16 at 5 a.m.: 2 lanes north / 1 lane south
  2. From Friday May 20 at 11 p.m. to Monday May 23 at 5 a.m.: 1 lane north / 2 lanes south
  3. From Friday May 27 at 11 p.m. to Monday May 30 at 5 a.m.: 2 lanes north / 1 lane south
  4. From Friday June 3 at 11 p.m. to Monday June 6 at 5 a.m.: 1 lane north / 2 lanes south
    • From Friday June 17 at 11 p.m. to Monday June 20 at 5 a.m.: in case of rain

Paving (4 weekends in August):

  1. From Friday August 5 at 11 p.m. to Monday August 8 at 5 a.m.: 2 lanes north / 1 lane south
  2. From Friday August 12 at 11 p.m. to Monday August 15 at 5 a.m.: 1 lane north / 2 lanes south
  3. From Friday August 19 at 11 p.m. to Monday August 22 at 5 a.m.: 1 lane north / 2 lanes south
  4. From Friday August 26 at 11 p.m. to Monday August 29 at 5 a.m.: 2 lanes north / 1 lane south
    • From Friday September 2 at 11 p.m. to Monday September 5 at 5 a.m.: in case of rain

Please note that we will avoid closures in July due to the fireworks, which require the complete closure of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge on Saturday evenings.

As for the Highway 15 roadwork, we anticipate slightly less impact on traffic since the Bonaventure Highway will allow road users to bypass the work site to access the bridge or to go towards downtown Montreal. This particular roadwork has been planned for September, when traffic becomes more important once again.

Highway 15 - Eastern viaduct (3 weekends in September):

  • Schedule to come

For more information, to follow the progress of our work or to consult our calendar, we invite you to visit our blog: www.champlainbridge.ca.

SOURCE THE JACQUES CARTIER AND CHAMPLAIN BRIDGES INCORPORATED

For further information:

Jean-Vincent Lacroix
Chief, Communications
The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI)
Office: 450 651-8771, ext. 232
Cell: 514 249-1940
jlacroix@pjcci.ca

André Girard
Vice-President, Communications
The Federal Bridge Corporation
Tel.: 450 468-5775
andre.girard@pontsfederaux.ca

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