Roadwork begins today on Highway 132 bridge in the Gaspé
Bridge over Grand Cascapedia River has been closed to traffic since May, causing 11.5-km detour
Repairs to the bridge crossing over the Grand Cascapédia River on Highway 132, on the Gaspé peninsula, will begin on Monday, nearly five months after it was closed to traffic.
Officials closed the bridge back in May during heavy spring flooding, when one of the support pillars which stands in the river tilted away from the bridge and caused a significant dip in the road way.
Residents, tourists and heavy trucks have since been forced to make an 11.5-kilometre detour to travel between New Richmond and Maria.
The Quebec Ministry of Transport has awarded the $6.2 million contract to a local engineering firm, Sani-Sable L.B.
The work is expected to last until June 2018.
New detour for residents
Vehicles heading west towards Maria will take a new route as of Oct. 9.
The Ministry of Transport says this will ease traffic on MacKay Road, the existing detour that was used all summer.
With files from Radio-Canada