/R E P E A T -- Honoré Mercier Bridge (federal section): preparatory work for a month-long BLITZ - expect heavy traffic during the BLITZ/

LONGUEUIL, QC, June 28, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) would like to advise road users about roadwork planned for the next few weeks, at night (8 p.m. to 5 a.m.), starting July 2 until July 13, as well as the weekend of July 6 and 7 (day and night), on the Honoré Mercier Bridge in preparation for a month-long BLITZ beginning July 13.

During these periods, a single lane (3 meters width) will be open in each direction—towards Montreal and the South Shore—on the upriver bridge (West side).

Month-long summer BLITZ

The replacement of the deck on the federal section of the Honoré Mercier Bridge will begin during a major month-long BLITZ, from July 13 to August 11. Work will take place day and night, weekdays and weekends.

One lane will be open per direction on the bridge while this work takes place. Some access ramps on the South Shore side will also be closed during this period.

This work will enable us to replace the concrete deck on the Mercier Bridge's federal section and install new prefabricated concrete slabs.

The downriver bridge (East side) will be completely closed to traffic to begin replacing the slabs of its deck. One lane will be open in each direction on the upriver bridge (West side).

Lane width will also be reduced to 3 metres in each direction. Trucks exceeding this width will have to take alternative routes.

To view the configuration of the access and exits during the BLITZ, consult our map on www.mercierbridge.ca

Public transit encouraged - dedicated lane created

During this work, and above all during the month-long BLITZ, road users are strongly encouraged to use the various types of public transit.

A dedicated bus lane will be created during the work BLITZ at the bridge approaches on the South Shore side, in order to give buses easier access to the La Prairie access ramp, where all vehicles using the bridge will converge.

Carpooling is also encouraged.

Traffic will be especially difficult during this month of intensive work and using the Champlain and Victoria Bridges will be a good alternative option, although public transit remains more advantageous to reduce the number of drivers on the network.

Access and exits altered during night work

During night work and the BLITZ, all road users will be required to use the off-ramp towards Châteauguay to access the South Shore. A detour will be set up for drivers heading towards La Prairie, via Route 207.

To access the bridge, road users coming from Châteauguay will be required to take the service road that connects Route 138 to Route 132 and the detour that has been set up to access the on-ramp from La Prairie (Ramp 2 in the opposite direction).

To follow our work, we invite you to visit www.mercierbridge.ca.

SOURCE: The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated

For further information:

Sources and information:

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

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