/R E P E A T -- Mercier Bridge: Closure of Ramp 4 Starting June 22 - Access to the Bridge from Châteauguay Detour Until October 2009/

    LONGUEUIL, QC, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Jacques Cartier and Champlain
Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) and the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ)
wish to inform the public of the complete closure of the access ramp to the
Mercier Bridge from Châteauguay (ramp 4) as of June 22 for about 4 months.
    In an effort to speed up work, traffic will be diverted to Route 132 in
order to isolate ramp 4. Motorists coming from Châteauguay will have to make a
temporary detour, which will allow them to access the bridge by taking Route
132 from La Prairie. This temporary detour will enable the contractor, Mohawk
Bridge Consortium, to replace the deck of this access ramp using prefabricated
panels. Over the next few weeks, the contractor will also be preparing the
site for the moving of the first panels. Preparatory work, which will include
the removal of rivets and bolts, as well as the cutting of several steel beams
under the bridge, will require the complete closure of ramp 4 starting June
    In order to effectively manage traffic during the site work, the traffic
signal at the bridge entrance, which manually controls traffic volume from
Châteauguay and La Prairie, will be located at the intersection of the
temporary detour route and Route 132.
    Instead of converging on the bridge, motorists coming from Châteauguay
and La Prairie will merge on Route 132 towards the Mercier Bridge. The La
Prairie access ramp will also be widened by one lane for the occasion.
    Finally, it is important to note that starting Saturday, June 20 until
the end of this phase of the work, motorists who wish to take the access road
connecting Route 132 to Route 138 will have to take Old Malone road rather
than the usual access road.

    For more information or to view our maps or the explanatory video, please
visit our blog at: www.mercierbridge.ca.

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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