Final preparations are underway on Sunday to close three of the six lanes of the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine tunnel for three years.
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The southbound tube was closed from Saturday morning to install signage for motorists.
These markings and cement strips on the ground, which were also installed on the North Tube last weekend, will allow drivers to pass through the tunnel more quickly.
“The aim above all is to ensure that once there is good fluidity in the tunnel. […] Holding 14 or 20 minutes in the tunnel is a cause for concern,” explained new transport minister Genevieve Guilbault in an interview with Salat Bonjour.
However, this configuration makes it difficult to reach the bridge.
“The way things are set up is that once in the tunnel, we are talking for three minutes. So once we enter the tunnel, it will go very quickly and exit from the other side because the traffic will be handled upstream,” the minister said.
As of Monday morning, one lane was open on the South Shore side and two on the Montreal side.
Traffic in both directions is on the same tube. It is important to secure the premises before starting the three-year construction site.
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