The situation in the bridge industry in Quebec is getting more complicated, with road congestion being a bit heavier every day since Monday.
If the start of work on Mondays and Tuesdays had begun to sin, there would have been significant delays in crossing both directions of the Pierre-Laporte Bridge on Thursday, but also on the Quebec Bridge. Holiday travel seemed to increase.
Department to avoid
In the early hours of the morning, the Ministry of Transportation used the Quebec 511 mobile platform to ask citizens to avoid the bridge sector due to congestion.
“Citizens are advised to avoid the area, postpone trips and be cautious if possible” can be read as a warning.
However, the expected catastrophe has not yet occurred. The monster traffic jams planned by the emergency services are not operational to date.
At 3pm, patience was still needed in the direction of Quebec, regardless of the appearance of motorists. Fifteen minutes more than usual coming from Highway 20, east or west, as well as Fuse, from Highway 73.
At 6pm, head south, waiting about 30 or 40 minutes to reach the deck of the Laporte Bridge. In many places, working on different routes also reduces travel. Motorists on the Henry-IV and Duplessis highways had to be patient.
In the municipal network of Quebec City, the traffic was fluid throughout the day. In Lewis, the “passable” estimate appeared a few times. Between Bond de Quebec and Semin du Salt, on the Boulevard Quilm-Kodor, the great congestion lasted for several hours.
The boat strike was canceled
The boat was also very busy with long waiting times. On Thursday, Recruitment des Traviors, an affiliate of FEESP-CSN, announced the cancellation of the July 3 planned strike on the Quebec-Lewis ferry. Service will be suspended from 12:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
The first phase of work on the Laporte Bridge will continue until July 7. During this period, only one lane is open in each direction. The second phase is scheduled for August 8-18.
– In collaboration with Marion Losage