Today, management of the Champlain Bridge approaches is being transferred to Signature on the Saint Lawrence (SSL), the consortium responsible for building the corridor of the new Champlain Bridge. SSL is now in charge of operation, maintenance, and traffic management on the federal section of Highway 15 as well as the north and south approaches to the current bridge.
The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) will continue to oversee operation, maintenance, and management of the current Champlain Bridge (from abutment to abutment), the federal section of the Bonaventure Expressway, the Champlain Bridge Ice Control Structure, the Nuns’ Island Bypass Bridge, and the other structures under its responsibility.
This responsibility transfer will enable SSL to carry out its work to redevelop the road section and ensure the safe and fluid flow of traffic in this corridor. Under the transfer, SSL has signed agreements with the same contractors as JCCBI to ensure consistency and continuity of operation and maintenance in this corridor.
Road users can now get information about traffic, obstructions, and work on the approaches to the Champlain Bridge via SSL’s communication channels:
- Website: www.nouveauchamplain.ca
- Twitter feed: @nouv_champlain
JCCBI will continue to closely coordinate its activities in the area with SSL and will relay any important information via its regular communication channels to ensure a smooth transition.
The Champlain Bridge opened to traffic on June 28, 1962 and was named in honour of explorer Samuel de Champlain, who founded Quebec City in 1608. The Bonaventure Expressway, which is part of the north approach to the bridge, was opened to traffic on April 21, 1967.
The Champlain Bridge links the boroughs of Brossard and Verdun, and is approximately 3,4 kilometres in length. It carries six lanes of traffic separated by a median. The main cantilever span is made of steel. It supports an orthotropic steel deck with a bituminous asphalt pavement. Clearance above the surface of the St. Lawrence Seaway is approximately 49 metres. The remainder of the bridge consists of prestressed concrete beams supporting a prestressed concrete deck covered with asphalt pavement.
The reserved bus lane on the Champlain Bridge is operated by the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) Monday-Friday, 5:30 AM-9:30 AM and 3:00 PM-7:30 PM.
Approximately 59.4 million vehicles cross the Champlain Bridge every year.