Mercier Bridge fully reopens after 2 months of repairs, congestion
Free bus tickets and other traffic mitigation measures cancelled with opening
The end has come. The partial closure at the Mercier Bridge, in effect since June 22, has ended.
The reopening of the busy bridge, which connects Montreal's west end to the South Shore, will come with a sigh of relief for thousands of daily commuters as the partial closure caused severe congestion for two months.
The four-lane bridge was reduced to a single lane in either direction. Quebec's Transport Ministry confirms that all lanes are now open.
However, authorities warn maintenance work will continue until spring 2019.
This means that night or weekend closures will be held on the bridge or on Montreal's LaSalle Boulevard. Those closures will be announced as needed.
The reopening also ends various mitigation measures, such as free bus tickets, which were put in place to ease traffic snarls during the two-month closure.
With files from Presse Canadienne