Highway 720 eastbound finally reopened
Published Saturday, August 6, 2011 1:59PM EDT
MONTREAL - A set of police vehicles led the charge down the Highway 720 eastbound, which reopened around 1:55 p.m. Saturday after remaining closed for six days following a roof collapse.
The eastbound highway between the St-Denis exit and Panet was expected to reopen Saturday but the section east of de la Montagne had been shut down for a final inspection which lasted for much of the morning.
But by the early afternoon the entire span was back flowing as usual for the intrepid motorists seeking to pass that way.
"Just to be very sure, everything is done. The inspection has been done. There is no problem. It's safe for the motorists to use this structure," Real Gregoire, Transport Quebec rep told CTV Montreal.
He said that crews had worked around the clock to ensure the highway was absolutely safe.
Motorists interviewed by CTV Montreal Saturday afternoon expressed concern over the safety of the structure but those fears did not stop drivers from going down that road, as was previous custom.
About 100,000 vehicles travel down highway 720 on any given weekday, according to Transport Quebec. However those numbers were lower during Quebec's construction holiday, which is coming to an end.
This police convoy led traffic through a section of the highway that had been closed for six days.
A section of an overpass is shown after it collapsed in Montreal Sunday, July 31, 2011. (Graham Hughes / THE CANADIAN PRESS)