LONGUEUIL, QC — Half the Honoré Mercier Bridge will be closed for seven weeks from Friday, June 20 to Monday, August 11, 2014, the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) announced.
Major construction work will take place day and night during this period in order to replace expansion joints and bridge bearings, as well as a section of the deck on the federal portion of the bridge and to carry out paving and marking work.
During those seven weeks, the speed limit on the bridge will be 50 km/h and trucks are prohibited during rush hour from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. towards Montreal and from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. towards the South Shore.
The upriver bridge (West side) will be completely closed to traffic. One lane will be open per direction on the downriver bridge (East side).
- One lane will be open towards Montreal (width 3.3 meters);
- One lane will be open towards the South Shore (width 3 meters);
- Service road between Route 132 and 138 will be closed;
- Service road between Route 138 and 132 will be open;
- Access ramp from Châteauguay towards Montreal will be closed;
- Access ramp from La Prairie towards Montreal will be open;
- Access ramp from Airlie Street towards the South Shore will be closed;
- Exit towards La Prairie will be open;
- Exit towards Châteauguay will be open;
- Exits on Montreal shore will be open.
Detours via other bridges
Detour via the Champlain Bridge:
- Access will be easier before 6 a.m. towards Montréal; during the summer, the Champlain Bridge has reserve capacity early in the morning;
- The Champlain Bridge will also be easier to access via the on-ramp coming from Route 132 West;
- Coming from La Prairie, Candiac, Delson, Saint-Constant or Sainte-Catherine, you can use this route (see route) to more easily reach this ramp.
Detour via the A-30 Express (toll bridge):
- To access Montreal via the A-20 or A-40 (see routes) or if heading towards Ottawa, Gatineau or Toronto
Every year, over 28 million vehicles cross the four lane, 1.4 km bridge spanning over the St. Lawrence Seaway.
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