• James Armstrong

Motorists face continued Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge repairs


PHOTOS BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

Off-Island motorists using the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge will continue to face traffic headaches for the foreseeable future.

There is no predictable end in sight for the continuing repair work on the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge according to spokesperson for the Ministère des Transports, Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports du Québec (MTQ) Martin Girard. “There are always three lanes in use for rush hour periods,” Girard told The Journal Monday, June 4. In December 2017, an MTQ spokesperson estimated that repair work to the aging structure would be complete in the spring of 2018.

“It’s the same type of work that is going on – repairing the support pillars. At the moment, we don’t have a date for when the repairs will be completed,” said Girard.

Major bridge project planned

“There is a major project being prepared to replace the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge,” said Girard, though added it’s too early to reveal the details of the project.

As for augmenting the capacity of Highway 40, there are no plans for that type of project. “The policy of the Ministry is to support projects for public transportation and carpooling,” he said.

The current maintenance project valued at $8.5 million began in June, 2017. According to the MTQ website, the bridge is the subject of a major project included in the 2016-2026 Quebec Infrastructure Plan. Built in 1966, the aging structure is nearing the end of its useful life span Girard reported.

The span, composed of two sequential structures, links the Island of Montreal and the city of Vaudreuil-Dorion via Highway 40. With more than 83,000 motor vehicles using the corridor on a daily basis, the three lanes in each direction reach capacity during rush hour traffic. Motorists are encouraged to consult www.quebec511.info for road network conditions on a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week basis.

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