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Mercier Bridge closure adds to truckers’ congestion woes

MONTREAL, Que. -- Trucking companies that deliver into Montreal may have to impose surcharges on their customers to compensate for losses as the Mercier Bridge is closed to traffic, Marc Cadieux, president of the Quebec Trucking Association...


MONTREAL, Que. — Trucking companies that deliver into Montreal may have to impose surcharges on their customers to compensate for losses as the Mercier Bridge is closed to traffic, Marc Cadieux, president of the Quebec Trucking Association says.

Cadieux made the comments to the Montreal Gazette.

The bridge has been closed to allow for detailed inspections and is not expected to reopen until at least September, according to reports.

Truckers were banned from the Mercier Bridge last December, squeezing about 4,000 trucks a day onto the Champlain Bridge. Now, Cadieux says carriers will face further delays as that bridge becomes the primary crossing point for the remainder of the Mercier Bridge’s traffic.

“It is the worst, worst, worst situation you can imagine,” he told the Gazette. “It’s really chaotic for our carriers out there now with work on the Turcot Interchange, the city sidewalks, the water system, the sewage system and the bridges.”

Cadieux said carriers will have to consider adding surcharges for deliveries into Montreal.


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