Touring in Townships not easy
Quebec Transport Department has closed a few more roads in our region, making life even more ‘interesting’ for locals and tourists.
Route 208 in Hatley is now closed for repairs to the bridge that straddles the Tomifobia River. The Ministry web site says that it will be completely closed until December 16th, 2011, and suggests that motorists take a detour on the 143, the 141 and then the 208.
The 108, in the Township of Hatley, is still closed because of the damaged Capelton Bridge. The work to rebuild the bridge has not yet begun and, according to the transport department’s website, it will be closed for an undetermined amount of time. “The bridge must be rebuilt and our engineers are presently working on the plans. At the same time drill work is being done to test the ground at the site. The engineers need this information before finalizing the plans,” commented Quebec Transport spokesperson, Helene Beauchesne.
The popular tourist route, the Chemin des Peres that runs down the western side of Lake Memphremagog, bringing tourists and locals to local hot spots like the Spa Nordic Station, the Savons des Cantons, Les Tresors de la Grange and the Abbaye St. Benoit has been closed since Monday. A prefab bridge is being replaced between Bishop Street and Montpetit in Magog. Detour signs have motorists making a long detour on autoroute 10, exit 106 at Eastman, route 245 and chemin Nicholas Austin. “We just received authorization today from the municipalities of Austin and Magog to use their road network for the detour and the new detour signs should be posted tomorrow,” explained Ms. Beauchesne on Tuesday. According to Ms. Beauchesne, until the transport department has the authorization to use roads that are not part of their network, they must route detours on their network’s roads which sometimes makes for quite lengthy trips.
Tourism Quebec has suggested that people take Chemin des Peres, Duval, Patch and Millington to get around the roadwork. Most of the popular des- tinations are still accessible when driving in a southern direction along Chemin des Peres from Magog. This work is expected to be completed by September 11th, 2011, and possibly sooner if the weather cooperates. A portion of the Chemin des Peres was also closed last year for repairs.
A section of route 208, in Hatley, is now closed to allow repairs to the bridge that crosses the Tomifobia River.