Project Update (Fall 2016) – Pointe-Nord
The construction season is going well. Our teams are making headway on the new Champlain Bridge project and they are starting preparatory work that will lead to the reconfiguration of Hgw-15 on L’Île-des-Soeurs.
Current and upcoming work on L’Île-des-Sœurs
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 of the new René-Lévesque overpass. Exit 57 will be closed to people heading to L’Île-des-Sœurs from the South Shore for a long period of time. However, nearby Exit 58, which leads downtown via the Bonaventure Expressway, has been reconfigured to also allow users to exit at L’Île-des-Sœurs.
There will be night time traffic 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 to 8 pieces will be delivered to the site weekly until the end of the project by one of these two routes:
- Some will be taken across Hwy-15 North perpendicularly at L’Île-des-Sœurs. Patrols based in Brossard will be holding back Montreal-bound bridge traffic. These disruptions should only last a few minutes.
- Other pieces will use Hwy-15 South ramp from René‑Lévesque Boulevard in the opposite direction — which will be closed. Drivers will be redirected to the other southbound Champlain Bridge access ramp from L’Île-des-Sœurs Boulevard.
For more information on traffic disruptions in your area, visit http://www.newchamplain.ca/traffic/traffic-and-detours/
Works on the west approach continue to move forward rapidly. The 38 marine excavations will soon be completed, while the concreting of footings and of pier starters is advancing as well as the footing installations in the riverbed. Soon, SSL will begin the erection of the numerous segments of the pier legs, followed by the pier caps, the superstructure and the bridge deck. You will see the new Champlain Bridge take form in an accelerated mode during the course of the upcoming year.
Noise and air quality monitoring
Our Environment team is present on the job site every day to ensure that we comply with the noise management and air quality standards in force.
Until temperatures start dropping below zero, cleaning the streets as well as watering the job site as needed while the works are underway make it possible to keep the dust to a minimum. There is currently one air quality monitoring station located on L’Île-des-Soeurs. With regards to noise management, SSL cannot exceed 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 in cases when they would generate too much traffic congestion during the day. We must, for all such works, receive the approval of the competent authorities and keep the residents of the affected zones informed. To view the results of sound and air quality monitoring reports for your sector, you may go to: http://www.newchamplain.ca/citizens-forum/verdun-sud-ouest/works-and-impacts/
Schedule of the works
Work on the west jetty has been accelerated with teams on site 24 hours per day, seven days a week, though the size of the teams is reduced in the evening and during week-ends. Given that noise criteria are stricter at night, these works are generally limited to activities that are less noisy.
Good Neighbourly Relations Committee
The last meeting of the Good Neighbourly Relations Committee took place on October 5th. The presentation on the ongoing works and those to come until January 2017 is available here: http://www.newchamplain.ca/neightbourhood/october-5-2016. The next Committee meeting will take place at the Borough of Verdun Town Hall on Wednesday February 8th 2017. All are welcome to attend to gain a better understanding of the works and to ask questions.