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Throwback: Reinforcement and stabilization of east embankment of the Jacques Cartier Bridge (Longueuil)

1 February 2019

In 2017, The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) began major work to reinforce and stabilize the approaches of the Jacques Cartier Bridge in order to extend the service life of this Montreal icon to at least 75 years. Part of the major repair program of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, this work was done mainly on the bridge’s south approach (east embankment) on the Longueuil side.

To prevent the risk of landslides, the walls of the south approach were covered with geotextile sheeting and nailed down with one hundred concrete-filled steel rods. Given the lack of vegetation, the sheeting will stabilize the soil until life can take root and naturally fortify the ground.

An architectural staircase was also built into the east embankment to connect the Jacques Cartier Bridge sidewalk with Saint-Charles Street and thereby enhance pedestrian mobility.