Project Update (Fall 2016)
The construction season is going well. Our teams are making headway on the new L’Île-des-Sœurs Bridge and are starting preparatory work to link the two new bridges.
Current and upcoming work on L’Île-des-Sœurs
The first beams of the new L’Île-des-Sœurs Bridge are up, and the temporary jetty on the other side of the channel will be taken apart and rebuilt on the L’Île-des-Sœurs side during the fall. This jetty allows crews to work on dry land.
Major work has begun on the corridor linking the new L’Île-des-Sœurs and Champlain bridges. This required diverting traffic on Hwy-15 North at the exit of the current Champlain Bridge to allow construction of the new pedestrian tunnel and the new René-Lévesque overpass. Exit 57 will be closed to people heading to L’Île-des-Sœurs from the South Shore for some time. However, nearby Exit 58, which leads downtown via the Bonaventure Expressway, has been reconfigured to also let users exit at L’Île-des-Sœurs.
Also, piling work is beginning in November at L’Île-des-Sœurs Boulevard for few weeks.
There will be night time disruptions (between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.) in the L’Île-des-Sœurs area for the delivery of more than 760 non-standard pieces of the bridge. On average, 7 or 8 pieces will be delivered to the site weekly until the end of the project by one of two routes:
- Some will be taken across Hwy-15 North perpendicularly at L’Île-des-Sœurs, with patrols in Brossard holding back Montreal-bound bridge traffic. These disruptions should only last a few minutes.
- Other pieces will be traveling in the opposite direction, using the Hwy-15 South ramp from René‑Lévesque Boulevard—which will be closed—to access the work area. Drivers will be redirected to the other southbound Champlain Bridge access ramp from L’Île-des-Sœurs Boulevard. For more information on disruptions in your area, visit http://www.newchamplain.ca/traffic/traffic-and-detours/
Noise and air quality monitoring
Our Environment team is present at the job site every day to ensure that we comply with the noise management and air quality standards in force.
Cleaning the streets as well as watering the job site as needed and while the works are underway will make it possible to keep the dust to a minimum. There is currently one air quality monitoring station on L’Île-des-Soeurs. As regards noise management, SSL may not exceed over 75 decibels during daytime activities. At night, SSL may not exceed the neighbourhood’s ambient noise level by more than 5 decibels. Exceptionally, some noisier activities may be carried out in the evening, given that their performance during the day would generate too much traffic congestion. We must, for all such works, not only receive the approval of the competent authorities but also keep the residents of the affected zones informed. To view the results of sound level checks for your sector, go to: http://www.newchamplain.ca/citizens-forum/verdun-sud-ouest/works-and-impacts/
Schedule of the works
The majority of our activities are carried out on weekdays, from 7:00 a.m. (with teams arriving at the job site around 6:30 a.m.) to 7:00 p.m. More frequently now, the work continues over the weekend, during the same hours. Some works may at times be performed in the evening or at night. Given that noise criteria are stricter at night, these activities are usually ones that are not overly noisy.
Recruiting someone for the Good Neighbourly Relations Committee
Would you like to get involved in the project and learn more about completed, ongoing and upcoming work? SSL is looking to fill a vacancy in the Good Neighbourly Relations Committee with a member living at close proximity to the L’Île-des-Sœurs Bridge. The committee meets quarterly to promote good communication with residents living close to the work site. It consists of 12 locals and representatives from SSL, Infrastructure Canada, the City of Montreal and the Verdun and Le Sud-Ouest boroughs. To apply, simply fill out the following online form and submit it before November 18: https://goo.gl/forms/7ymTim0Ya7Owy3HJ2