Traffic slows on the Mercier Bridge in Montreal in 2016 as construction forced traffic onto one lane in either direction.
John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette
On the first morning of a month-long construction period on the Honoré-Mercier Bridge, commuters experienced a traffic jam that extended for several kilometres west of the South Shore.To repair concrete slabs, construction crews closed one of the two structures that make up the twin-spanned bridge, reducing traffic flow to only one lane in either direction. The partial closure of the bridge will extend until July 20 so that the work is completed before the construction holiday, which is July 21 to August 3 in Quebec.To mitigate the inconvenience of removing a bridge lane, transport authorities have implemented a number of measures. During the bridge’s first weekend of closure (June 26 to 28), free passes will be given out for the Exo Bus and Candiac’s Exo4 Line. Also, two lanes on the Victoria Bridge will be open from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. toward Montreal and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. toward the South Shore.The Mercier Bridge, which is on Route 138, is one of five major roads connecting Montreal and the Montérégie. It provides highway access to the West Island and downtown Montreal via the Ville-Saint-Pierre Interchange.