Que­bec An­nounces Île-aux-Tour­tes bridge to be re­placed

Montreal Times - - News -

Although the plans are still years away from be­ing fi­nal­ized, the badly need re­place­ment of the Île-aux-Tour­tes Bridge was an­nounced by the CAQ gov­ern­ment and on the Min­istry of the En­vi­ron­ment’s web­site this past week­end.The pre­vi­ous Lib­eral gov­ern­ment did have the project listed as 'un­der study' in their 2015-2025 plans, but noth­ing had been con­firmed.

Built in 1965 and of­fi­cially opened in 1966, up­keep and re­pairs of the bridge have been con­stant and costly for years now. An in­spec­tion last De­cem­ber re­vealed a se­ri­ous risk of fall­ing con­crete and with over 80,000 cars us­ing the bridge to and from the West Is­land ev­ery day, the build­ing of a new struc­ture can longer be de­layed. The new bridge is ex­pected to be wider; with 3 lanes for traf­fic, a pedes­trian lane, bike path and a ded­i­cated bus lane that will link with the new REM tran­sit sys­tem. The es­ti­mated cost of the project has not been made avail­able and it is un­clear when the new bridge will be ready. Un­til then, let's hope it holds up.

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