• James Armstrong

Motorists face another season of l’Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge repairs


PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO

The orange construction cones stand sentry on the westbound approach to the l’Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge as more repair and maintenance work will take place this summer.

The next blitz of work on the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge is scheduled to begin this summer Transport Québec spokesperson Martin Girard told The Journal recently, adding that repairs to the structure would continue until the end of December 2019.

Girard described the repair work as following a similar pattern to the work done in 2018. During rush hour periods, three lanes will be kept open to accommodate the flow of traffic in the appropriate direction. That translates as three lanes east bound in the morning and three lanes west bound in the evening. The maintenance work is focused on the concrete support beams according to Girard.

Although a specific date for the work to begin wasn’t available, a press release from Transport Québec indicated that once the paving project on Autoroute 40 in the vicinity of Senneville was complete, the bridge repairs would start shortly afterwards. The telltale orange cones began appearing along the sides of the approach to the bridge last week.

New bridge project

The proposed bridge-building project to replace the current structure isn’t expected to see completion before 2030. The replacement bridge will be constructed on the north side of the current bridge in an upstream direction towards the Lake of Two Mountains. On the west side of the new bridge travelling toward Vaudreuil-Dorion, there will be three lanes dedicated to vehicular traffic such as cars and trucks, a dedicated public transit or bus lane and a multi-purpose lane for cyclists and pedestrians. In the opposite direction, headed towards Montreal, the layout will be the same with the absence of the cyclist/pedestrian lane. In the interim, motorists can expect to experience continuing maintenance and repair of the current bridge. Motorists are encouraged to consult Quebec 511 for regular updates when planning to use the bridge.

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