Here is a video capsule that shows this major operation, which began on the evening of Friday, November 29, and ended Monday, December 2, from below.
We would also like to use this opportunity to thank all motorists for their significant patience during the past few weeks and above all their cooperation during this operation. A real effort was made to avoid the Champlain Bridge over the targeted weekend and we sincerely thank you for it.
Thanks also to all the workers who worked in very difficult conditions to complete this unique operation in a little over 48 hours.
And finally, thank you to all the consultants, colleagues, partners, engineers, and managers at the Corporation who also worked relentlessly with extremely tight deadlines to successfully complete the operation two weeks ahead of schedule.
The challenge was enormous, the job colossal, but thanks to everyone’s hard work and collaboration, the operation was a success. Our most recent inspection results are positive and the beam was installed successfully.
We would like to advise you that concrete slab repair work will continue on the Île des Sœurs Bridge in anticipation of the coming winter season during the weekend.
The work will take place starting on Friday, 10 p.m. at night until Monday, 5 a.m. in the morning, on the weekend of December 7 & 8 (see the detailed configuration below).
Two lanes will be kept open to traffic in each direction during the day, but only one lane, whose width will be reduced to three metres, will be open at night towards Montreal.
During this period, traffic may be heavier to access Montreal by the A-15 from the Champlain Bridge as well as to access the Champlain Bridge from the Turcot Interchange.
Road users are encouraged to favour the BONAVENTURE EXPRESSWAY to access the Champlain Bridge or the island of Montreal for the entire weekend.
The access ramp from île des Soeurs to the A-15 North and Exit 60 of A-15 North towards Verdun and Downtown Montreal will also be closed at night during the time periods indicated below. The other access and exits for île des Soeurs will remain open during the weekend.
Third weekend – December 7 & 8
At night: Friday, 10:00 p.m., to Saturday, 9:00 a.m.:
One lane open towards the South Shore and two lanes open towards Montreal on the Île des Sœurs Bridge.
During the day: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.:
At night: Saturday, 10:00 p.m., to Sunday, 10:00 a.m.:
During the day: Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.:
At night: Sunday, 10:00 p.m., to Monday, 5:00 a.m.:
We will update this post on a daily basis to advise you of expected road work. We encourage you to visit this page at around 5:00 p.m. every day to find out about the night closures added as the week progresses.
BREAKING NEWS : Work completed, lanes will open back at 5 a.m. on Monday as announced (three lanes towards Montréal, two lanes towards the South Shore)
The Support Beam operation is confirmed for this weekend. During this period, a single lane will be open in each direction to car traffic on the Champlain Bridge. Traffic will be extremely heavy and motorists are encouraged to use the other South Shore bridges, public transit, or carpooling, and above all avoid the Champlain Bridge.
Throughout the weekend, all ramps enabling access to the bridge will be open, as well as the exits, with the exception of the direct access from île des Soeurs to the southbound lanes of the Champlain Bridge. However, Nuns’ Island residents will continue to have access to the A-15 North and Bonaventure Expressway all weekend.
It is very important to note that the Champlain Bridge will be completely closed to car traffic overnight from Friday to Saturday, from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., in order to proceed with raising and installing the beam. This delicate operation requires us to use the full width of the bridge and will take place at night to limit impacts on traffic.
It is IMPORTANT to note that two southbound lanes will be specially opened on the VICTORIA BRIDGE on Friday night, from 10:00 p.m. to midnight, and on Saturday night, from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., in order to make it easier for motorists to leave the island of Montreal following the Marie-Mai concert and Canadiens game at the Bell Centre. For the rest of the weekend, one lane per direction will be open on the Victoria Bridge.
Radio Circulation (730 AM) will also be specially broadcast tonight (Friday to Saturday) featuring updates on the status of the networks.
To learn more about the mitigation measures proposed by our partners for this weekend, READ THE MOBILITY MONTRÉAL PRESS RELEASE.
To stay informed about all the operations, we invite you to follow us on the Champlain Bridge Twitter account at @pontchampbridge or hashtag #Champlain.
The tweets will also be posted live on this blog so you can follow the progress of the work and the installation of this enormous beam.
For further details about the hourly lane configuration and the main stages of this major worksite, we invite you to view this presentation.
For more information about the two major phases of this operation, reread our post about it and check our two video capsules, which explain the nature of the operation and its progress.
The objective is to reopen the three Montreal-bound lanes and two lanes towards the South Shore by Monday morning.
We aim to open the third lane towards the South Shore in December following the operation, but the width of the lanes in this direction will be reduced. It’s important to bear in mind that as the support beam is installed on the deck, it will encroach upon the traffic lanes. The lane configuration must therefore be reviewed to be optimized.
The reserved bus lane will once again be open for evening rush hour, but it cannot be restored on the bridge for morning rush hour, as one lane will be closed towards the South Shore.
Trucks will continue to be able to use the bridge towards both Montreal and the South Shore. However, trucks will have to use the left lane when heading towards the South Shore.