As more work begins on the Ile-aux-Tourtes Bridge, drivers can expect some traffic lanes to be closed beginning this week with more starting in September. The bridge, which connects the west end of the Montreal Island and the Vaudreuil-Dorion area via HWY 40, was built in 1965. It is in bad shape and in constant need of upkeep and repairs until the new bridge, announced by the CAQ in December of 2018, is open.(The previous Liberal government did have the project listed as ‘under study’ in their 2015-2025 plans, but nothing had been confirmed before they left office).
On Monday August 19th, the Quebec Transport Ministry announced the work this week on the bridge will force partial closures at night in order to bring machinery to the worksite. Beginning in September, heading West over the bridge, all three lanes will be open between 2:00pm and 7:00pm on weekdays, but drivers can expect only two lanes open outside of those hours. Heading East into Montreal, all three lanes will be open between Midnight and Noon, and from 9:00pm to Midnight – with only two lanes open outside of those hours as well. Although exact dates were not given, repair work will continue right through Winter until Spring 2020.
Inspection on Ile-aux-Tourtes Bridge revealed cracks in the structure
An inspection done by engineers in 2017 revealed cracks in the structure, posing a serious risk of falling concrete – resulting in lanes often having to be closed for urgent repairs. With over 85,000 cars using the bridge to and from the West Island every day, a new bridge can no longer be delayed. It will built next to the current one on the north side and is expected to be wider; with 3 lanes for traffic in each direction, a pedestrian lane, bike path and a dedicated bus lane. It should be ready by 2030 but until then, maintaining the present structure will be ongoing. For more information on the bridge road closures