Sunday, June 26, 2011

Honore-Mercier Bridge

In Montreal's borough of LaSalle sits the northern end of the Honoré Mercier Bridge (or "The Mercier") which is one of three bridges which link the island to the south shore. At the other end is the Mohawk first nation of Kahnawake, who notoriously closed the bridge in 1990 over the Oka Crisis at Kanasetake, and the town of Châteauguay.

On June 14, 2011 the western-most span, opened in 1934 and looks like it hasn't been maintained since, had to be closed due to the erosion of 10 gussetts, the plates which bind the crossbeams together. The plan is to have them replaced by the fall of 2011. In the meantime, traffic has been redirected to the eastern span, which was opened in 1963, with both lanes being used in the primary traffic direction during peak hours and one lane in each direction during off-peak. This has made the area's already bad traffic even worse, even precipitating the addition of six extra AMT commuter trains on the adjacent CP rails to and from Candiac (see below), a line which itself was created due to the 1990 Mohawk standoff.

Photos taken along LaSalle Boulevard in Montreal, Quebec on June 21, 2011

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Buck said...