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Mercier Bridge to reopen Monday morning, a week early

After six weeks of traffic headaches, the Mercier Bridge will reopen Monday morning, a week earlier than planned.

After 8 years, feds now done work on bridge but province has yet to start its repairs

After eight years of work, the federal bridge authority is done with the Mercier Bridge. The province says it will have to do work on the span at some point. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

After six weeks of traffic headaches, the Mercier Bridge will reopen Monday morning, a week earlier than planned.

For eight years, the federal bridge authority has been working to replace the decks on its portion of the span.

That work is now complete, said federal bridge authority spokesperson Joëlle-Ann Blanchette.

"It's almost 1,000 panels that we replaced during the eight years of work. With this new deck, we're hoping to give the bridge another 75 years of life," she said.

During the second phase of work on the Mercier Bridge, drivers only had access to one lane in either direction while work was carried out on the southbound side of the bridge. All lanes will be reopened Monday morning. (Facebook/Ponts Jacques Cartier Champlain Bridges)

The bridge will return to its usual configuration, two lanes heading into the city and two toward the South Shore, as of 5 a.m. Aug. 15.

While the work on the federal side is done, Quebec's Transport Ministry has said that a "major intervention" will be needed on its section of the Mercier sometime in the future. This work could involve major repairs or the complete replacement of the bridge.

The ministry has not indicated when this work could begin.