Mercier Bridge to reopen Monday morning, a week early
After 8 years, feds now done work on bridge but province has yet to start its repairs
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.
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.