Res­i­dents de­mand re­place­ment for Omerville bridge

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS - Record Staff

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.

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