24 July 2020
If you’ve taken the Jacques Cartier Bridge since the start of July, you’ve probably noticed some new visuals flying overhead! To proudly acknowledge the Jacques Cartier’s 90th anniversary, the bridge has been dressed to the nines by our Operations & Maintenance team, who put up 80 banners throughout the almost 3 km-long structure.
Against the backdrop of the bridge, the panels may look small, but they are actually 72 inches high by 36 inches wide!
Installing these visuals on one of Quebec’s busiest bridges was quite the challenge. The team had to work safely while maintaining physical distancing due to COVID-19.
An attenuator truck was on site, and two flaggers kept motorists moving. The team used two boom lifts to secure the 80 banners so that they can withstand all sorts of weather conditions.
Another major challenge during the project was maintaining traffic flow in the road network, which is a core part of JCCBI’s mission. To minimize the impact in the work area, the banners were installed in sections and outside peak periods, or between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Although you’ll want to get a good look at the banners the next time you take the bridge, please stay focused on your driving! The banners pay homage to the thousands of workers who have made the Jacques Cartier a reliable and safe bridge that has been the pride of Montrealers since 1930.
Keep a look out for more of our news in the coming weeks, as we’ll be sending out stories that showcase the great diversity of talented people who work on this iconic bridge.
Happy birthday, Jacques Cartier Bridge!