Major work planning for 2017: Fewer network traffic restrictions despite large-scale projects

5 April 2017

The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) presented its plan for the work scheduled on its structures for 2017. Although the Corporation has a number of ongoing complex projects, many of which take place year-round, the work will have less impact on traffic compared to previous years thanks to detailed planning and optimized work from the river or shore.

“This year, we are continuing our different major repair programs on all our structures to extend their service life,” said Glen P. Carlin, Chief Executive Officer of JCCBI. “JCCBI is investing over $286 million to modernize and reinforce this critical infrastructure and keep it safe and fully operational.”

Work on the Champlain Bridge and its future

Although most of the work on the Champlain Bridge is behind us, JCCBI will continue its major repair program to reinforce and repair structural elements deemed a priority based on the latest inspection report recommendations. This spring, two weekend work blitzes will be conducted to replace the expansion joints on the bridge deck and ensure the integrity of these components. These blitzes will require a complete closure of the bridge toward the South Shore (May 20-21) and then toward Montreal (May 27-28).

Today, JCCBI is also releasing its prefeasibility study on the deconstruction of the Champlain Bridge, which includes an analysis of the possible deconstruction methods and a preliminary environmental impact assessment. Four areas were studied and include the bridge deconstruction, materials transportation, materials reuse, and asset enhancement. These areas were analysed using a comprehensive approach that focused on sustainable development principles. Watch how we could dismantle 253,000 tons of concrete, 17,000 tons of steel, and 12,000 tons of asphalt.

Major work on the Jacques Cartier Bridge

On the Jacques Cartier Bridge, JCCBI is continuing major work to reinforce the metal structure and extend the bridge’s service life by 50 years. This work, which is being done in phases over the entire steel structure, will continue in the Montreal sector until 2019 and begin in the Longueuil sector this spring. Two other worksites that will be active on the Longueuil side include repairs to the approach viaducts and the stabilization of an embankment. This work will improve the sidewalk, the stairs up to the bridge from St. Charles Boulevard West, and the landscaping of the approaches. The sector will have occasional traffic restrictions, such as complete night closures, ramp closures, and weekend lane reductions.

The illumination of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, a flagship project for the celebrations of Montreal’s 375th anniversary and Canada’s 150th anniversary, will highlight the architectural value of the bridge while showcasing Quebec’s know-how. JCCBI is proud to lend its expertise to manage this unusual and ambitious project that will bring people together. So far, 2650 light fixtures out of a total of 2807 have been installed, despite this winter’s changing weather conditions. Over the next few weeks, JCCBI and the project designers will finish testing the lighting systems to fine-tune the programming. The Jacques Cartier Bridge will be the first “people-connected” bridge thanks to different data compiled every day from the weather, traffic, news, major events, and more. View images of this unique concept.


Solution Bonaventure: an innovative environmental project

The Solution Bonaventure is an initiative that targets the area around the federal section of the Bonaventure Expressway, which was once used as a landfill site for industrial and household waste. The goal is to protect the St. Lawrence River from groundwater contaminants found in the soil in this area.

In the west sector near the Île des Sœurs Bypass Bridge, work that started last spring to create a hydraulic barrier made up of 32 pumping wells is now complete. A groundwater treatment system to remove contaminants (ammonia nitrogen, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and dissolved metals) is currently in a run-in period before the start-up this fall.

In the east sector between Clément Bridge and the Victoria Bridge, a retaining wall is being built to create a floating screen to capture hydrocarbons contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in this area. Two pumping stations at each end of the wall will collect the contaminants for disposal. The run-in period will take place this fall once the facilities are ready. Note that the federal section of the Bonaventure Expressway toward downtown has had one lane reduced.

Avoid the traffic

To help keep traffic flowing in the network, JCCBI coordinates its activities every day with all of Greater Montreal’s transportation partners. Whenever possible, multiple types of work are done during the same closure to optimize these operations.

For more information on JCCBI’s work, follow the Twitter feed for each bridge: @pontChampBridge, @pontJCBridge and @pontHMBridge. To make it easier for people to get around, JCCBI’s website (www.JacquesCartierChamplain.ca) has a dashboard with very useful functionalities: live traffic conditions, traffic cameras, in-progress road closures or obstructions, and the seven-day work schedule on the Corporation’s structures. Motorists, truck drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can also get text-message or email alerts about major closures or emergency work.