UPDATE - Honoré-Mercier Bridge: major weekend roadwork - Change in times and additional closures

Only one lane open in each direction on the weekends of June 10 to 13, June 23 to 27 and June 30 to July 4

LONGUEUIL, QC, June 10, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - he Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) and the ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) wish to inform the public that traffic on the Honoré-Mercier Bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction (towards Montreal and towards the South Shore) on Friday, June 10 at 11:59 PM until Monday, June 13 at 5 AM, from June 23 at 23:59 PM to Monday June 27 at 5 AM and from Thursday, June 30 at 23:50 PM to Monday, July 4 at 5 AM.

Please also note that the Airlie ramp enabling access to the Honoré Mercier Bridge towards the South Shore from Airlie St. will be closed during this period.

Traffic may be more difficult for the duration of this roadwork and motorists are invited to use the Champlain Bridge during this period, where no major obstructions are scheduled during these three weekends.

These closures will allow for important maneuvers needed in order to completely replace the gusset plates, that is, the structural elements used to connect the various steel membranes on the structure of the bridge.

The upstream bridge of the Honoré-Mercier Bridge, namely the bridge that enables access to the South Shore (Route 138 West), will be completely closed to traffic during this period. Although the work is not taking place on the bridge itself, the maneuvers needed in order to replace the plates do require the maximum reduction of loads on the bridge. Therefore, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction, with one being against the current of traffic on the downstream bridge (Route 138 East).

To follow the progress of this project, please visit our blog at: www.mercierbridge.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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