Champlain Bridge construction intensifies Friday
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, August 2, 2011 9:04AM EDT
MONTREAL - Major work on the Champlain bridge will resume Friday and last until September.
Maintenance work had little effect on traffic July, as the efforts concentrated on the structure beneath the bridge.
Paving work starting Friday will entail both daytime and nighttime closures during the weekend.
The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridge Authority (PJCCI) recommends that drivers use Jacques-Cartier or Victoria bridges until the work is completed.
Both lanes of the Victoria bridge will be open south towards the South Shore from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on both 6 and 7 August.
The Jacques Cartier could also be switched to three-lanes in one direction according to traffic needs.
Half of the Mercier bridge remains closed, so these construction undertakings could combine to slow traffic.
Wide trucks are asked to avoid the Champlain bridge this weekend as the lanes that remain open will be narrower than usual, that is to say, 3.3 metres wide on the southbound side.