One Month Work Blitz on Mercier Bridge This Summer
Written by Paul on June 3, 2020
K1037 News has learned that there will be another work blitz on the Mercier Bridge this summer. Chateauguay Mayor Pierre-Paul Routhier told K1037 News that he was informed of this year’s work during a conference call last week. “We have 14 weeks of work on the bridge coming to Chateauguay (Southbound) where we will have to use the other bridge going to Montreal,” Routhier said. “And then there’s an additional four weeks of work on the bridge going to Montreal. That being said we will have another tremendous summer to play around with our beautiful bridge.”
That first stage involves several overnight and weekend closures necessitating one lane in each direction. That work was confirmed by David Lahache, the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake technician on the Bridge file. “I can confirm that the MTQ (Ministere des Transports de Quebec) does plan on conducting more repair work on the Mercier Bridge this summer,” Lahache said. “We are looking at a combination of different types of interventions. There will be a number of closures on both sides of the bridge, meaning towards the south shore and Kahnawake and towards Montreal. These will be some weekend closures, some overnight closures.”
That is work during the first phase which is expected to get underway within the next couple of weeks. Then a full blitz is now scheduled for July 18th until August 16th. “We’ll see part of the Mercier Bridge closed down for a period of four weeks,” Lahache confirmed. “That will be towards Montreal while they conduct some pavement and structural work. All traffic will be deviated to the Kahnawake bound side, south shore side. And that will be one lane in each direction.”
Routhier, expressing the collective frustration by all Mercier Bridge users.
“Unbelievable eh? I’ve been here for close to 40 years and I’ve never seen a summer where the bridge was clear,” he said.
With numerous delays due to COVID-19, the work dates are not yet confirmed.