LONGUEUIL, QC, March 28, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) would like to advise road users that major work BLITZES will
once again take place on its network this year, most notably on the
Champlain and Honoré Mercier Bridges.
Major work in the Champlain corridor will take place during intensive
weekend BLITZES involving several different contractors working around
the clock at various places on the bridge, the Bonaventure Expressway,
the A15 and the Nuns' Island Bridge.
This work will take place over three to five weekends from late April to
late June, depending on weather conditions and how the work progresses.
Once again, this year's objective is to minimize the amount of weekends
necessary to complete the projects.
During these weekends, the Corporation will take advantage to repair the
roadway, carry out paving work, as well as replace expansion joints.
For the Jacques Cartier Bridge, the work planned will enable the
reconstruction of the concrete guardrails on the bridge approaches as
well as the reconfiguration of the off-ramp from the Jacques Cartier
Bridge towards Taschereau Boulevard during the construction holiday.
The bridge's bike path will also be entirely sealed during this period,
which will require its complete closure. The sidewalk on the east side
of the bridge may be used as an alternative.
Following 2012, when the entire Jacques Cartier Bridge was repaved in
less than six days, the work planned for this year also aims to
complete paving of the bridge approaches. This work will mainly be
concentrated on weekends starting September.
An important year for the federal section of the Honoré Mercier Bridge
2013 will also be an important year for the federal section of the
Honoré Mercier Bridge. On average, 175 slabs have been replaced each
year over the past three years on the South Shore access ramps. This
year, the objective is to replace more than 300 slabs to complete
two-thirds of the work planned for 2013 and 2014.
To do so, this year's program aims to mainly carry out work on
weeknights (8 p.m. to 5 a.m.) and weekends (10 to 15 times), starting
in April. Regular notices and frequent updates will be posted on the mercierbridge.ca blog so that you may follow the work, as it won't systematically take
place every night and weekend.
In addition to these time slots, it is very important to note that a major work BLITZ will take place day and night for one
month this summer, from Saturday, July 13 to Sunday, August 11. During
this BLITZ, one lane will be open in each direction (towards Montreal
and towards the South Shore), day and night.
New IDS bypass bridge: preparing for the future
This year also marks the beginning of construction on a temporary bypass
bridge between Montreal and Île des Sœurs, which will make it possible
to isolate the current bridge and replace it as part of Transport
Canada's project of the new bridge for the St. Lawrence River.
This new link will enable us to maintain the same amount of lanes as the
current bridge, as well as a bike path, which will also be widened. In
addition, it will allow us to dedicate a new lane to public
transportation, giving buses coming from the reserved lane on the
Champlain Bridge direct access to the Bonaventure Expressway during
At the same time, the current traffic light on the A-15 towards Montreal
that enables buses to access the reserved lane on the Champlain Bridge
during afternoon rush hour will be eliminated.
The short-term objectives are to therefore offer a bypass lane for
future work on the new Île des Sœurs Bridge, improve and encourage use
of public transportation, and finally, prepare for the future of this
Work on this major project will have little impact on traffic this year,
as most of this new link will be constructed on vacant land. For more
information and to see the plans for the traffic lanes, bike path and
dedicated bus lane, please visit champlainbridge.ca.
And finally, the JCCBI work calendar for 2013 is available online at our three blogs: jacquescartierbridge.ca, champlainbridge.ca and mercierbridge.ca.
SOURCE: The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated
For further information:
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