Champlain bridge super beam stays for another week
MONTREAL – The Champlain Bridge’s super beam will remain in place for at least another week because of high winds that obstructed the extensive roadwork operation.
Over the Victoria Day long weekend workers were expecting to move the new 50-tonne modular truss underneath the bridge in preparation to replace the super beam.
The initial plan was to install the new support on Monday and have the bridge re-opened at full capacity on Tuesday.
This won’t happen because of high winds and the need to do additional preparation work before the installation could take place.
Three of the six lanes are closed over the long weekend to allow for the work, with only one lane open toward the South Shore and two toward Montreal.
Several on and off ramps are also closed.
According to Jean-Vincent Lacroix, a spokesman for the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Inc., the Champlain bridge will be closed for a total of four weekends this spring.
There will be no closures during the summer as repairs are planned for the Mercier Bridge.
The super beam was initially installed to reinforce dangerous cracks that were found underneath the bridge.
Once the super beam is removed, the bridge’s six lanes and the reserved bus lane to and from the South Shore buses will resume normal activity.