As Global News first predicted earlier this week, work on the Mercier Bridge has finished ahead of schedule.
After eight years of complex work, the deck replacement program on the federal section of the Mercier Bridge will be complete by Sunday evening.
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That is good news for south shore commuters, as all lanes will be open to traffic as of 5 a.m. Monday.
Completion of deck replacement program #MercierBridge. Traffic lanes reopen at 5:00 a.m., tomorrow! pic.twitter长沙桑拿/D4LpBz4ffs
— Pont Mercier (@pontHMBridge) August 14, 2016
This summer, 78 precast concrete panels were installed at the junction of the south shore access ramp, bringing the total of panels used to create the new deck to 982.
This photo shows the new deck on the Honore Mercier Bridge. Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Courtesy of the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated
This photo shows the new deck on the Honore Mercier Bridge. Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.
Courtesy of the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated
Final push to finish construction on the Mercier Bridge
According to the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI), the work is expected to increase the longevity of the bridge by 75 years.
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Despite technical difficulties encountered throughout the project, JCCBI said “work done around the clock, seven days a week,” allowed the work to be done one week ahead of schedule.
In a written statement, JCCBI thanked all of its partners with a special thanks to the Mohawk Bridge Consortium for the “incredible work done by contractors.” The rehabilitation of the bridge is one of the largest contracts carried out by Aboriginal Canadians.
Relief from construction work may be short-lived though, as an analysis is currently underway on the provincial section of the bridge which could pave the way to some major work in the near future.
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