MONTREAL, Que. — All trucks are being banned from using a well-travelled highway overpass in Montreal.
The 69-year-old crossing at Henri Bourassa Boulevard East and Pie-IX Boulevard has been placed off-limits to all heavy trucks, as city officials claim the concrete has weakened.
The City of Montreal has been examining all its bridges in light of recent bridge collapses in Laval and Minnesota. The crossing was deemed off limits to trucks after concrete samples were found by engineers to be inadequate. Already, 135 Quebec bridges have been placed off limits to oversized loads, but the latest restriction will affect all trucks.
“According to the information we have, it’s not safe for big trucks,” Mayor Gerald Tremblay announced yesterday. If more analyses over the coming weeks and months show even a small risk, we’ll assume our responsibility, which may go as far as closing the overpass.”
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