/R E P E A T -- Champlain Bridge: preventive closure of a South Shore-bound lane until Wednesday, November 13, at 2 p.m./

LONGUEUIL, QC, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) would like to advise road users that following an inspection carried out underneath the Champlain Bridge on Tuesday, November 12, one lane out of three has been closed towards the South Shore, beginning at rush hour on Tuesday, November 12, and continuing until Wednesday, November 13, until at least 2 p.m.

This closure will allow us to properly analyze an edge girder following an inspection that enabled us to detect a crack.

The Champlain Bridge is subject to a strict inspection program and the Corporation is not taking any chances regarding the preliminary findings it has received, preferring to thoroughly investigate this analysis with regard to the state of the bridge.

The girders adjacent to the identified edge girder do not show signs of deterioration and all other lanes will be kept open to traffic.

During morning rush hour on Wednesday, November 13, three Montreal-bound lanes will be kept open, while two lanes will be open towards the South Shore.

Following a discussion with the AMT, buses will be integrated from their dedicated lane into the regular traffic lanes towards Montreal, as sometimes happens when heavy winds do not enable the dedicated lane to be open.

As soon as the results of the analysis are ready, the Corporation will inform the media and road users of the actions that will be taken on the targeted girder.

To follow these results, we invite you to visit www.champlainbridge.ca.

SOURCE: The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated

For further information:

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

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