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.