Work increase on the Mercier Bridge - Timely lane closures from July 2nd to August 18th, 2008

    MONTREAL, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Jacques Cartier and Champlain
Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI), in conjunction with the Québec Department of
Transport (MTQ), announced a timely lane closures from July 2nd to August
18th, on the Mercier bridge. The work affecting the lane closure will start
southbound, from 3 am to noon on weekdays and from 3 am on Saturdays until
noon on Mondays. Once the southbound work is completed, work will begin
northbound, outside of both rush hours.
    This timely lane closure is a change from the originally planned work and
will allow for an intensification of the first portion of Contract A. The
contractor, the Mohawk Bridge Consortium (MBC), will proceed with the
replacement of 51 connection plates during the summer period, when traffic is
at its lowest point. In order to limit the impact on users, one lane per
direction will be closed to traffic outside rush hours.
    "Our primary objective remains a reduced impact for users, along with the
quality of the work while respecting the work schedule and the costs for the
project," explained Denis Dauphinais, Director for Construction and Project
Management for JCCBI. Each week, close to nine plates will be repaired
following a six-week schedule. The safety aspect is essential and remains an
integral part of the planning on the site. It is important to note that the
work will be completed under the bridge and will not be visible to users.
These repairs are essential and their execution, starting this summer,
justifies the method to be employed, seven days a week over the coming weeks,
to complete repair of the targeted plates.

    Impact reduction methods and lane closing details

    - Work on both directions will be completed from July 2nd to August 18th,
      when the flow of traffic is at its lowest.
    - The southbound lane closing will not affect the drive home rush hour.
      Work will begin at 3 am and two lanes will be open to traffic as of
      12 noon, from Monday to Friday. On weekends, work will be completed
      between 3 am on Saturday and noon on Monday.
    - As for the northbound work, the complete details regarding the closing
      times will be announced soon, but rush hour traffic will not be
    - The contractor for Contract A (Mohawk Bridge Consortium - MCB) has
      confirmed that work will be completed within the allotted time frame
      and that the impact on bridge users will be limited.
    - With regard to public transit, a tight coordination with the Conseils
      Intermunicipaux de transports (CIT) has been set up in order to ensure
      adequate service during rush hour.

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    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.

    About Transports Québec

    The mission of the Ministère des Transports du Québec is to ensure the
mobility of people and goods throughout Québec on safe, efficient
transportation systems that contribute to the sustainable development of
Québec. The Department is the leader in transportation in Québec. It is
committed to offering competent and innovative management of the systems over
which it has direct responsibility. It relies on close cooperation with its
public and private partners to offer appropriate and functional transportation
systems to the population and businesses.

For further information:

For further information: Jean-Vincent Lacroix, AGC Communications, (514)
849-7000 #230, Cell: (514) 249-1940,; Serge Vallières, AGC
Communications, (514) 849-7000 No.223, Cell: (514) 892-7205,

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