May 24, 2014 11:48 am
Updated: May 25, 2014 10:45 am

Second Champlain Bridge work blitz starts this weekend


MONTREAL – The second part of a major Champlain Bridge work blitz will shut down four of the six lanes this weekend.

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From Friday 9 p.m. to Monday 5 a.m., the bridge will be reduced to just one lane in each direction, including restricted access to the Nun’s Island bridge.

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Representatives from Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) confirmed that they will not be replacing the super beam this weekend.

It had originally been scheduled for mid-May, but was delayed due to high winds.

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The operation will now be carried out later this spring.

The super beam was put in place last fall after workers discovered dangerous cracks on the bridge.

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Construction originally scheduled on Highway 15 has been postponed.

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It will be opened in both direction as usual but several on and off-ramps leading to the bridge will be closed.

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Officials are encouraging commuters to avoid the Champlain Bridge corridor as traffic is expected to be extremely heavy.

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They are encouraging road users to opt for one of the other bridges or the LaFontaine tunnel.

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