Transport Quebec getting more transparent
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.