Trans­port Que­bec get­ting more trans­par­ent

Stanstead Journal - - STANSTEAD JORURNAL - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Since Oc­to­ber 31st, the Que­bec Min­istry of Trans­port has added a new fea­ture on their web­site: a new data bank con­cern­ing the state of struc­tures un­der their ju­ris­dic­tion. For now only in French, the data bank gives in­for­ma­tion such as when bridges were last in­spected, when they are due for their next in­spec­tion, and whether they will need to be re­paired or re­placed in the fu­ture.

From the new data bank it was learnt that the Stanstead East bridge on the 143 needs to be re­placed and is planned to be re­placed in 2012. Bridges in Stanstead also need work: the bridge out­side of town on the 247 that crosses over the Tomi­fo­bia will even­tu­ally need re­plac­ing and the bridge at the heart of town, also over the Tomi­fo­bia, will need re­pair work in the near fu­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to Trans­port depart­ment spokesper­son He­lene Beauch­esne, the fact that some struc­tures need ma­jor work should not worry driv­ers. “Peo­ple can still use these bridges with­out any dan­ger. Just be­cause they need to be re­placed doesn’t mean that they are in dan­ger of col­laps­ing. Some are just reach­ing the end of their life­span. If there was any dan­ger, be as­sured that we would take the nec­es­sary mea­sures. The Min­istry sys­tem­at­i­cally in­spects all struc­tures an­nu­ally and each is in­spected more thor­oughly ev­ery three years. Noth­ing is left to chance,” she com­mented.

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