Residents demand replacement for Omerville bridge
Some 300 people have signed a petition asking the Ministry of Transport to demolish the Saint-michel Street Bridge over Highway 10 in the Omerville sector of Magog so that a new infrastructure can be functional as soon as possible next year.
The petition urges the new Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for Estrie, François Bonnardel, to ensure that the work is done without fail in 2019.
The affected sector contains 175 houses and the closed bridge is disrupting the lives of many locals.
A long detour via Cine-parc Orford is a bumpy road, with the risk of accidents especially high in winter, as well as reducing safety for motorists and schoolchildren in school transportation. According to residents, businesses are also losing customers, as are our three childcare centers, which are losing children due to the time required by the lengthy detour.
In a letter dated Nov. 12, Bonnardel responded by saying that the bridge must be replaced because of a bearing capacity problem. He assures that the MTQ will do everything in its power to limit the disadvantages and aim for a reconstruction in 2019.