Green light to work on the bridge Pie-IX

Feu vert aux travaux sur le pont Pie-IX

Photo: Valérian Mazataud The Duty
Some 61 000 vehicles use on a daily basis this bridge linking Montreal and Laval built in 1966.

Québec gives green light to the reconstruction of the bridge Pie-IX, which connects Montreal to Laval, which will be a major headache for motorists, who might have to fall back on the toll bridge of highway 25.

The minister for Transport and minister responsible for the Metropolis, Chantal Rouleau, must confirm in the morning the work schedule of the project of the bridge Pie-IX, as well as the cost of construction which will exceed $ 100 million.

The approximately 61 000 vehicles that travel daily on the bridge Pie-IX will have to find a new route if they wish to avoid a traffic jam. This work will be aligned with those of the proposed bus rapid (BRT) on boulevard Pie-IX announced last week. The proposed SRB, there are 11 kilometres of reserved lanes for buses, and will have ten-seven stations, two of which are on the territory of laval. The SRB is expected to welcome its first passengers in the fall of 2022 and allow 70 000 trips per day while the traffic current is 40,000 daily trips.

Moreover, during this announcement, the Société de transport de Montréal had sent a warning to drivers accustomed to borrow the boulevard Pie-IX, offering them to opt for the pont Papineau-Leblanc autoroute 19 (A-19) or the toll bridge Olivier-Charbonneau in autoroute 25 (A-25).

The bridge Pie-IX in figure for several years in the list of structures that are classified as ” needing major repairs “. “Totalling 6 lanes of traffic, the bridge requires a major intervention to replace the slabs of concrete that have reached the end of their useful life as well as the steel beams, the properties of which do not comply with the current standards,” one can read on the website of Transport Quebec.

The reconstruction project provides for the complete replacement of the deck of the bridge Pie-IX built in 1966. The new configuration of the bridge provides four lanes of traffic in the direction of Montreal, including the lane reserved for the BRT on Pie-IX, and then two lanes in the direction of Laval. A sidewalk will be built to the west, and then a multi-use trail to the east will be connected to the cycling network of Montreal and Laval.

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