An important milestone for the new Champlain Bridge Corridor
MONTREAL, Nov. 9, 2018 /CNW/ - Efficient and sustainable transportation infrastructure is key to building more inclusive and liveable communities. These projects improve the quality of life of Canadians by reducing commute times and supporting good middle class jobs.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was joined today by Members of Parliament Marc Miller and David Lametti and local elected officials to inaugurate the new Île-des-Soeurs Bridge. The bridge is an important component of the new Champlain Bridge Corridor project, linking Île-des-Soeurs to the island of Montreal and connecting travellers along Highway 15 to the new Champlain Bridge.
The new Île-des-Soeurs Bridge will officially open to traffic in both directions on November 12, 2018 by 5:00 a.m. It features four traffic lanes in each direction and a multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists that will be open year-round. This enhanced crossing will ensure better traffic flow between the island of Montreal and Île-des-Soeurs while also encouraging increased use of active and public transportation options as one of the bridge's lanes will be reserved for buses.
Minister Champagne took the opportunity of the inauguration to thank everyone who contributed to the design and building of the bridge. He also recognized the patience of local residents, and particularly those living on Île-des-Soeurs, whose lives have been impacted as result of work on the entire new Champlain Bridge Corridor.
The Minister outlined measures that are already being taken by Signature on the St. Lawrence (SSL) including improved synchronization of traffic lights to keep traffic moving and enhanced signage which will come into effect when the bridge opens on November 12.
He also confirmed additional measures being implemented by SSL and Infrastructure Canada in collaboration with the City of Montreal and the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated to further address congestion and ensure safety on local roads this winter. Together, these efforts will help reduce traffic difficulties in the area and improve the quality of life of residents and travelers.
"The completion of the Île-des-Soeurs Bridge is an important milestone for the new Champlain Bridge corridor. I thank all the workers and project staff whose collaboration and hard work is ensuring that the redesign of Montreal's busiest crossing will meet the region's long-term transportation needs.
I also commend all the residents of Île-des-Soeurs for their patience and understanding over the last three years. We recognize the daily challenges you have faced living in the midst of one of the largest construction sites in North America. We are working closely with our partners and stakeholders to implement additional measures to improve mobility in your community as we look towards the finish line of this project."
The Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"I thank the residents of Île-des-Soeurs for their resilience and collaboration as they have lived through the last three years of major construction in their community. Despite the challenges this has presented, you have remained optimistic and engaged. I assure you that the many benefits of the new Champlain Bridge corridor will become clear in the months to come. In the meantime, we are committed to working with our partners to find ways to improve your daily commute so you can spend more time with your loved ones and less time in traffic."
Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie?Le Sud-Ouest?Île-des-Soeurs
New bridge to improve connection between Île-des-Soeurs and Montreal
Traffic mitigation measures for the new Champlain Bridge Corridor
On November 9, 2018, the Government of Canada inaugurated the new Île-des-Soeurs Bridge. The bridge is an important component of the new Champlain Bridge Corridor project, linking Île-des-Soeurs to the island of Montreal and connecting travellers along Highway 15 to the new Champlain Bridge.
During the event, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, recognized the patience of local residents, and particularly those living on Île-des-Soeurs, whose lives have been impacted as a result of work on the new Champlain Bridge Corridor.
Signature on the St. Lawrence (SSL), in collaboration with Infrastructure Canada and stakeholders, is closely watching the impacts on traffic and listening to residents in order to make adjustments as necessary to mitigate the impacts of detours and facilitate movement for Île-des-Soeurs residents.
During the event, the Minister outlined the measures that have been put in place by SSL as well as changes to traffic that will come into effect with the opening of the Île-des-Soeurs Bridge on November 12.
Measures already in place:
Measures in effect after the opening of the bridge:
Minister Champagne also announced that a number of additional measures will be implemented in collaboration with SSL, the City of Montreal and JCCBI including:
Together, these measures will help to ensure that local residents can move more efficiently through the most affected traffic areas.
News release: Update on the new Champlain Bridge Corridor, October 25, 2018
To learn more about the new Champlain Bridge Project: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/nbsl-npsl/index-eng.html and http://www.newchamplain.ca/.
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
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