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Jacques Cartier Bridge 90th anniversary | One bridge, a multitude of passionate people

31 July 2020

This year, the Jacques Cartier Bridge is celebrating its 90th anniversary. For the occasion, we want to introduce you to some of the people who keep this bridge safe and reliable.   

MARC-ANDRÉ MARCOUX Deputy Projects Manager 

  • How long have you been working on the Jacques Cartier Bridge and what does your day-to-day work involve? 

I have been working for JCCBI on major maintenance projects on the Jacques Cartier Bridge for over 5 years. At first, I was as an engineering lead in charge of steel contracts, and for over a year now, I have been a deputy projects manager.  

 

  • What is the biggest challenge in keeping this 90-year-old structure safe and operational?  

Technically speaking, the bridge was built very well with quality engineering and materials, which means that we can expect the bridge to last for 150 years. The biggest challenge is social, as we have to keep this strategic corridor open almost all the time while doing major work in an urban environment.  

 

  • Which work poses the biggest challenges on the Jacques Cartier Bridge and why?  

Any work that forces us to close traffic lanes or the sidewalk or multi-purpose path is challenging and must be properly planned. Right now, were doing complex steel work on the bridge’s superstructure over the St. Lawrence River, which poses many technical as well as logistical challenges. This work is being done 47 metres above the water of the river. It can’t hinder boating, and we have to keep the bridge open to traffic. No matter what the challenges, we always find a solution, which is the beauty of engineering and teamwork! 

 

  • How would you describe the Jacques Cartier Bridge in one word?

Magnificent.

 

Do not miss the photo album created for this 90th anniversary, please click here.