Île-aux-tourtes Bridge repairs scheduled for late spring
St. Thomas Bridge work behind schedule
VSt. Thomasbridgework delayed
audreuil-soulanges motorists are going to need a healthy dose of patience this spring and summer when repairs on the Île-aux-tourtes bridge, that will mean some lane closings, will commence. The repairs, that are primarily expected to begin during early evening hours, are scheduled to last from June to September, announced Transports Québec.
The repairs will take place in conjunction with on-going work on the St. Thomas Bridge that connects to the Île-aux-tourtes.
The scheduled Île-aux-tourtes repairs will see workers install vertical reinforcements to the six-lane, two-kilometer-long span located along the section of Highway 40 that connects Vaudreuil-dorion to Senneville.
The bridge is used by more than 85,000 drivers each day, according to the provincial transportation agency.
Last year, Transports Québec released a 2009 report which indicated a total of six girders on the 46-year-old bridge had lost close to 30 percent of their capacity.
The latest announcement by transportation officials will mean more roadwork headaches for drivers since the announced Île-aux-tourtes bridge work will be done at the same time as ongoing work on the connecting St. Thomas bridge, which is being completely rebuilt in two phases.
Phase one of the St. Thomas bridge work is currently behind schedule, says Transports Québec. A temporary bridge for west bound drivers that was expected to open in December should be ready sometime in the next few weeks.
And while westbound motorists will be diverted to the temporary bridge once it is opened, eastbound drivers will continue to use the existing St. Thomas span.
Transports Québec said the ongoing effort to completely rebuild the westbound St. Thomas span will not be complete by the projected August deadline. And rebuilding the eastbound St. Thomas span will only get underway once work on the westbound side is completed.
For updates and information on any highway projects go to: www.que bec511.gouv.qc.ca/en/.
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