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
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.
SOURCE VILLE DE MONTREAL - ARRONDISSEMENT DE VERDUN
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