19 December, 2022

Two lanes per direction on the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge as of Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Category : Info-works

The ministère des Transports et de la Mobilité durable wishes to inform road users of the closure of an additional lane on the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge as of Tuesday, December 20, 2022. Two lanes per direction will remain available to traffic.

Cause of the lane closure

As part of the regular monitoring of the infrastructure's condition, the Ministère is particularly attentive during the first frost episodes and has identified the progression of some existing cracks on the side of the bridge towards Vaudreuil-Dorion. The Ministry has already begun the required reinforcement work, but in order to continue the interventions in complete safety for workers and road users, the closure of an additional lane is necessary. It is important to note that the bridge remains safe and that the Ministère does not compromise between the flow of traffic and the safety of road users, and never hesitates to close a structure when necessary.

Traffic Management and Mitigation Measures

Two lanes per direction will remain available at all times for road users on the Île-aux-Tourtes bridge. Thus, the dynamic traffic management, which was in place since July 2022, which allowed for the maintenance of three lanes in the peak direction thanks to a removable barrier, will be suspended while the work underway is completed. To mitigate the impact of this additional lane closure, the Ministère will temporarily install a dedicated bus and emergency vehicle lane in each direction on the approach to the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge. The date of implementation will be announced in early 2023. Remember that trucks must use the left lane on the bridge.

Maintenance program pending the reconstruction of the Île-aux-Tourtes bridge

Commissioned in 1965, the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge is a complex structure that is at the end of its life and requires regular life that requires regular interventions. The reconstruction of the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge is in the planning stages as indicated in the Plan québécois des infrastructures 2022-2032. The signing of the contract with the selected contractor, scheduled for 2023, will mark the imminent start of the design and construction of the future bridge. Until this major project is completed, the bridge is undergoing a maintenance program that includes inspections and repairs. Deck repair work began in 2016 and is scheduled to continue until the bridge is taken out of service.

The Ministère thanks road users and residents for their understanding. In order to properly plan your travels, please keep informed of current and upcoming obstructions by consulting the Quebec 511. For the safety of road users and workers, it is essential to respect the signs in place.