Because most Franklin County motorists use the Mercier Bridge to get to and from Montreal, including the P-E Trudeau airport in Dorval, I try to give timely updates about the major reconstruction project that began in 2009 and is still not completed because of unforeseen problems associated with the project. So here is the latest information on how the project will impact traffic flow over the St. Lawrence River via this important bridge this spring and summer.
On average, 175 huge concrete slabs have been replaced each year over the past three years on the South Shore access ramps. This construction season, the objective is to replace more than 300 slabs to complete two-thirds of the work planned for 2013 and 2014. To do so, the plan is to carry out work mainly on weeknights (8 p.m. to 5 a.m.) and weekends (10 to 15 times), starting in April. One lane per direction will remain open to traffic during night and weekend work.
Regular notices and frequent updates will be posted on the Mercier Bridge website at http://pontmercierbridge.ca/en/ so that you may follow the work, as it won't systematically take place every night and weekend.
In addition to these time slots, it is very important to note that a major work "Blitz" will take place day and night for one month this summer, from Saturday, July 13 to Sunday, Aug. 11. During this Blitz, one lane will be open in each direction (toward Montreal and toward the South Shore) day and night. The objectives of this intensive Blitz are to:
-Reduce total work duration.
-Maximize worksite efficiency.
-Take advantage of the summer vacation period.
For more information on this project, including updates as to what is taking place on what dates, go to the website previously mentioned. At this website you can get updates not only for the Mercier Bridge but also for the Champlain and Jacques-Cartier bridges as well. You can even view videos on the project.
Named in memory of the Honorable Honore Mercier, former premier of Quebec, the bridge was opened on June 22, 1934, the fourth bridge to connect the island of Montreal to the South Shore, after the Lachine Bridge (1885), the Victoria Bridge (in 1860) and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge (1930). Today, some 79,000 vehicles use the bridge daily.
Although this column is not about V & T Law or traffic safety, we hope the information update is useful to those traveling to and from Montreal.