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New bridge between Nuns’ Island, Montreal considered an ‘important milestone’

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WATCH: The Turcot Interchange is closed until Tuesday but that doesn't mean there isn't any light at the end of the tunnel. As Global's Tim Sargeant explains, the Nuns' Island bridge, linking the access from the Champlain Bridge to Highway 15, officially opens on Monday – Nov 9, 2018

A new bridge connecting Nuns’ Island to Montreal is being considered an important milestone for the new Champlain Bridge corridor.

It will also connect commuters from Highway 15 to the new Champlain Bridge.

READ MORE: New Champlain Bridge won’t be ready until 2019

“I thank all the workers and project staff whose collaboration and hard work is ensuring that the redesign of Montreal’s busiest crossing will meet the region’s long-term transportation needs,” said François-Philippe Champagne, federal minister of infrastructure and communities.

“What we expect and what we will monitor in the coming weeks, is obviously the fluidity.”

WATCH BELOW: Champlain Bridge work delayed by construction setbacks

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Champlain Bridge work delayed by construction setbacks – Oct 25, 2018

The bridge will have four lanes in each direction, as well as a path for pedestrians and cyclists that will be open all year.

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In the morning, one of the four northbound lanes will be reserved for buses. Southbound, one of the four lanes will be used for work on the new Champlain Bridge.

READ MORE: 2,000 defects found on Montreal’s new Champlain Bridge

Officials say the goal is to enable better traffic flow, a difficult issue people living on Nuns’ Island have been living with over the last three years.

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Champlain Bridge opening delayed to 2019 – Oct 25, 2018

“I thank the residents of Île-des-Sœurs for their resilience and collaboration,” noted Marc Miller, Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs.

“Despite the challenges this has presented, you have remained optimistic and engaged. We are committed to … find ways to improve your daily commute so you can spend more time with your loved ones and less time in traffic.”

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The new Île-des-Sœurs Bridge will open to traffic in both directions on Nov. 12 at 5 a.m.

The new Champlain Bridge is expected to be open to traffic as of June 30, 2019.

READ MORE: Building the new Champlain Bridge: A race against time

The entire Champlain Bridge corridor project is slated to be finished in October 2019, when construction on the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) will begin.

WATCH BELOW: No tolls for new Champlain Bridge

rachel.lau@globalnews.ca

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