In 2009, the Corporation launched a major Honoré Mercier Bridge rehabilitation project. This project’s three-way agreement between the governments of Canada and Quebec, and the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake is a first in this country. It will be the largest bridge rehabilitation project ever undertaken in Canada.
The prefabricated concrete deck panels process selected for this work is the same as that used to replace the deck of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge in 2001.
This method offers numerous benefits:
- It is fast and effective.
- It facilitates and accelerates the daily opening of traffic lanes, unlike the current cast concrete that requires prolonged closures.
- It meets the strictest safety criteria.
- It offers a life expectancy for the bridge that’s superior to other methods (75 years).
The Mercier Bridge’s entire deck will be replaced panel by panel, mainly at night, allowing full access to the bridge at peak times.
Note that this method has also been used successfully to repair several North American bridges:
- George Washington Bridge in New York
- Golden Gate in San Francisco
- Lion’s Gate in Vancouver
- Halifax Suspension Bridge in Halifax
- Laviolette Bridge in Trois-Rivières
Approximately 1,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created annually during the work for each contract, which does not include the economic benefits for businesses located on the South Shore and throughout the greater metropolitan area.