September 26, 2022

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New barriers at the head of Quebec’s bridges: A painful homecoming

Although less severe than expected, the reverberations of the new barriers at the head of Quebec City bridges are causing some headaches for motorists who may have to deal with the evening rush hour.

The Quebec Ministry of Transport (MTQ) announced ten days ago that the lane between Champline Boulevard and the Henri-IV South highway will be closed from August 14 to September 2.

Vehicles must pass through the southbound Route 175 interchange on Henri-IV before taking Boulevard Laurier via Avenue des Hotels.

Heavy traffic

These new barriers are straining the patience of road users who pass through the area on a daily basis.

The work hasn’t caused major congestion so far, but the reality is that it “adds a layer to already difficult traffic” in an area that “has a lot of big construction sites,” notes Luke Seles, a spokesman for TaxiCoop. , in Quebec.

“You want to ride the Henry-IV James On that day [le boulevard du] North side. […] There is a problem with service delivery everywhere and everywhere [à nos clients] He added, recalling that our Way of the Cross was not finished in Henry-IV.

“During evening rush hour, from 4 to 6 p.m., traffic is heavy on Champlain Boulevard toward St.Louis Road,” confirms MTQ spokeswoman Emily Sarr.

He recalled, however, that the work would be completed “as soon as possible” and that the police presence at the intersection of the Chemin Saint-Louis and the Avenue des Hotels would make it possible to “facilitate traffic in the sector”.

Stuck in traffic

Med Express, a company specializing in express delivery, also takes care of the same. Its owner and general manager Stéphane Boudreau visited it recently. “Certainly at the end of the day, yes, we’re looking at it. […] For a driver departing from the North Shore to contract on the South Shore, it becomes more complicated. »

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Mr. Boudreau said all of this is happening as the new school year is upon us, which is not good. “The more it progresses, the more it goes [s’]Amplify,” he says.

Newspaper It was the same story from a transport company in the region, where there have been reports of earlier rush hours in recent days.

“At the end of the day it’s become very difficult. Our drivers are caught up in it,” said the person, who did not want to be identified.

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