New Champlain Bridge celebrates one year of construction
MONTREAL — It’s been one year since construction began on the new Champlain Bridge.
Five hundred workers a day are onsite to build the future span, which is estimated to be usable for 125 years.
Nevertheless, many commuters said they hope the new structure will be able to handle a possible surge in traffic.
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In response, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre insisted he isn’t worried about future congestion problems if the volume increases.
“Didn’t you get the memo?” Coderre rhetorically asked during a Friday afternoon press conference.
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He then continued to explain the bridge will have a light rail transit system for mass transit users, which should help offset vehicular traffic.
Close to 160,000 cars use the existing bridge every day.
The new structure will be toll free and is costing tax payers more than $4 billion to build.
It is expected to be finished and open to the public by Dec. 1, 2018.
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