LONGUEUIL, QC, May 1, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) would like to advise road users that major work blitzes will take place in 2012 on its network, most notably on the Champlain and Jacques Cartier Bridges.
In order to reduce the amount of traffic hindrances, significant efforts have been made to concentrate work during the spring and summer periods, mostly over weekends and during the construction holiday. For example, last year there were 10 major weekend closures on the Champlain Bridge corridor, while this year the Corporation plans to have three to six major work weekends, depending on weather conditions, which is essentially twice as few.
To do so, a thorough plan has been established to encourage the concentration of several worksites on the Champlain Bridge corridor over the same period. Each weekend, the Corporation will invest approximately $2.1 million (value of the work) in the Champlain Bridge corridor, which is almost twice as much as last year. During this period, the Corporation will take advantage to repair the roadway, carry out paving work, as well as replace expansion joints and the central median.
For the Jacques Cartier Bridge, the Corporation plans to pave the entire bridge over a six-day period during the construction holiday, when traffic is reduced. This significant challenge over a short period involves major work to make it possible to replace the paving of the entire bridge.
Important dates to keep in mind
Champlain Bridge corridor (1 or 2 lanes open/direction) - spring blitz
- Long weekend holiday: May 19, 20 and 21
- Weekend: May 26 and 27
- Weekend: June 2 and 3
Paving of the Jacques Cartier Bridge (1 lane open/direction) - summer blitz
- Sunday*, July 22; Monday, July 23; and Tuesday, July 24
- Saturday, July 28; Sunday, July 29; and Monday, July 30
*Work will start Sunday, July 22, in order to enable vacationers to leave for the two-week construction holiday on Saturday, July 21.
Bonaventure Expressway (2 lanes open/direction)
- 25 consecutive weeks starting in mid-May
Federal section of the Honoré Mercier Bridge (1 lane open/direction)
- Night work from August to late-October
Reconstruction work underway
2012 will also mark the start of reconstruction work on Highway 15's three overpasses. Despite the magnitude of this work, these worksites should not result in the loss of weekday lanes.
The closures are planned to take place at night and the various work phases will make it possible to maintain existing lanes, although they will be narrowed. This reconstruction work will be spread out over two years, in 2012 and 2013.
To follow the work and avoid traffic
To follow all the work, which is subject to changes according to weather conditions, road users are invited to regularly visit our three blogs to plan their weekend trips:
The Corporation has also launched a new website (www.jccbi.ca) that aims to better inform road users. Numerous efforts have been taken to enable the general public to better understand the nature of the operations and work carried out on its network.
All JCCBI work planning for 2012 is available on our three blogs.
For further information:
Source and information:
Director of Communications
The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI)
Office: 450 651-8771, ext. 232
Mobile: 514 294-1940
The Federal Bridge Corporation
Tel.: 450 468-5775