July 23, 2024

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Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Bridge-Tunnel: “Several weeks late,” MTQ says.

Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Bridge-Tunnel: "Several weeks late," MTQ says.

It has now been a year since the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine bridge-tunnel was partially closed to traffic due to work, a project that had significant consequences for the movements of thousands of motorists.

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According to the Quebec Ministry of Transport (MTQ), completion of work inside the traffic tube in the southbound tunnel is expected to be delayed by “several weeks”.

However, Quebec ignores specific factors that contribute to these additional delays.

Major outages are expected until at least November 2025, and the work will cost $2.5 billion.

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Currently, the staff is working to speed up the work.

It was less crowded than expected. In fact, 62 thousand vehicles travel on this route every day.

“We lost a lot of users. Before the work, we went from 120,000 people through the axis of the tunnel to 85,000 people when we started the slab work. There we were about 60,000 people. It is certain that many people have reconsidered their modes of transport,” said Genevieve, Renouveau Lafontaine consortium engineer. Campio said.

Reaching the south coast can take up to 50 minutes at peak times, and 15 minutes towards Montreal in the late afternoon and early evening.

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