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Start of work on the bridge of ’Ile-aux-Tourtes

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Work on the new Île-aux-Tourtes bridge is officially launched.

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< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility announced Monday the launch of reconstruction work on the new Île-aux-Tourtes bridge, which connects the west of the island of Montreal and the municipalities of the MRC of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, in Montérégie. The bridge is scheduled to be commissioned at the end of 2026.

Geneviève Guilbault made this announcement in the company of the MP for Soulanges, Marilyne Picard.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Transport, Quebec has already cut planning for the project by approximately 18 months, the total cost of which is estimated at $2.3 billion.

Since December 2, traffic has been restricted on the bridge. Only two lanes, one in each direction, are open.

Authorities say they are taking measures to alleviate congestion.

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Therefore, over the next few days, trucks will not be able to travel in the right lane of Highway 20 during rush hours. This ban will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. eastbound, then from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. westbound.

Truck drivers will be asked to take Highway 30 and will be exempt from tolls during this period.

The ministry will soon indicate the exact date of entry into force of the restrictions.

Today, we are taking a big step by starting construction work on the new Île-aux-Tourtes bridge. This link will be better adapted to the reality of citizens in the region and will allow for better fluidity of travel. At the same time, we are putting everything in place to ensure the security of the current link and mitigate the impacts of its partial closure.

A quote from Geneviève Guilbault, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility< /blockquote>

The mayor of Vaudreuil-Dorion is, however, concerned about the repercussions that the work will have on residents.

Impacts on humans are beginning to be felt, explains Guy Pilon. Residents of Vaudreuil-Dorion have seen their activities restricted or adjusted due to the work, he said.

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Guy Pilon, mayor of Vaudreuil-Dorion

Mayor Pilon reports also that merchants are complaining of a reduction in traffic. What is starting to suffer the most is catering and commerce, he says.

He also expresses reservations about the place given to public transport in this project. We are building a new structure in Quebec and we are not putting a reserved lane for public transport, laments Guy Pilon.

He emphasizes, however, that all the Efforts are being made with the ARTM [Regional Metropolitan Transport Authority], exo, the Ministry of Transport […] everyone is in this. We are trying to find solutions.

There is an effort to mitigate the impacts, he assures.

In operation since 1965, the Île-aux-Tourtes bridge is an important infrastructure which is used by 87,000 vehicles daily, including 10% trucks, according to data of the Ministry of Transport. Various issues have been discovered with the structure over the past few years.

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