Throwback: End of major deck replacement program on the Honoré Mercier Bridge

7 January 2019

After eight years of complex work, the major program to replace the deck in the federal section of the Honoré Mercier Bridge—one of the largest projects ever carried out by Indigenous people in Canada—was completed on August 14, 2016. This significant achievement would not have been possible without the contribution of Mohawk workers and the collaboration of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke, the MRC de Roussillon, and our mobility partners. 

Exposed over the years to heavy traffic, the weather, and an abundant use of road salt, the structure of the Honoré Mercier Bridge needed major repair work to increase its life span. Between 2008 and 2016, a total of 982 concrete panels were required to complete the entire bridge deck and extend the bridge’s service life to at least 75 years.

The project to replace the deck of the Honoré Mercier Bridge was a great example of cooperation between Nations and was based on respect, openness and understanding. The expertise developed over the years by JCCBI and Mohawk entrepreneurs led to the successful completion of very complex work on one of Greater Montreal’s most important bridges.