The Honoré-Mercier Bridge marks 75th Anniversary



    
    A major phase in the bridge's repair begins on the anniversary date
    

    LONGUEUIL, QC, June 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Jacques Cartier and Champlain
Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) and the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ)
are marking the 75th Anniversary of the Honoré-Mercier Bridge with the start
of one of the most important phases in the bridge's rehabilitation.
    "It is very fitting that we begin this important phase of the project
today," said Glen Carlin, JCCBI General Manager. "This major rehabilitation
project for the Mercier Bridge will prolong its life for about another 75
years."
    The use of pre-fabricated deck panels is the same process used to replace
the deck of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge in 2001. In order to accelerate the
work, the contractor, Mohawk Bridge Consortium, closed the Châteauguay access
ramp this morning in order to effect a panel-by-panel replacement of the deck.
The complete closure of the access ramp from Route 138 will be in effect until
October of this year.
    For further information on the roadwork, to consult maps or to watch our
explanatory video, please visit the project blog at: www.mercierbridge.ca.

    Yesterday to today

    Named in memory of the Honourable Honoré Mercier, former Premier of
Quebec, the bridge was opened on June 22, 1934, the fourth bridge to connect
the island of Montreal to the South Shore, after the Lachine Bridge (1885),
the Victoria Bridge (in 1860) and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge (1930). The
Honoré-Mercier Bridge reduced the distance from Montreal to New York State by
several kilometres.
    Today, some 79,000 users use the bridge daily for a total of 28 million
estimated vehicles per year. The Mercier Bridge repair agreement between the
federal and provincial governments and the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake is a
first in Canada for a project of this scope. The partnership is responsible
for the largest bridge rehabilitation project ever undertaken in Canada.

    About The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated

    The mission of The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated is
to manage, operate and maintain the Jacques Cartier Bridge, the Champlain
Bridge, the Bonaventure highway, the federal portion of the Honoré-Mercier
Bridge, the Melocheville Tunnel, and the Champlain Bridge Ice Control
Structure to ensure safe and efficient travel for users.




For further information:

For further information: Jean-Vincent Lacroix, AGC Communications,
Office: (514) 849-7000, ext. 230, Cell: (514) 249-1940, jvl@agccom.com;
Source: André Girard, Vice-President, Communications, The Federal Bridge
Corporation, (450) 468-5775, andre.girard@pontsfederaux.ca

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