Pierre-Laporte Bridge: Major Roadway Resurfacing%%– Work Completed

​​​​During the summer of 2021, the road surfaces of the Pierre-Laporte bridge and its approaches will undergo major resurfacing work. The ministère des Transports is undertaking this work to ensure the structure's durability as it is an essential road link in the greater Québec City area.​​

Major traffic obstructions

The first phase of work ended on July 6. The Ministère is preparing for a second, and final, work phase which will take place 24 hours a day for up to 10 consecutive days, from August 8 to 18, 2021*.

Only one lane will be open to traffic in each direction. Additionally, the width of the two available lanes will be narrowed to 3.3 metres.

These obstructions will have a major impact on traffic and heavy congestion is anticipated on both sides of the Pierre-Laporte and Québec bridges. Traffic slowdowns are expected between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. in particular.

* Work dates are subject to change due to operational constraints and weather conditions.

Planning your trip is more important than ever

The cooperation of road users is paramount in order to minimize the impact of major traffic obstructions.

For people in the greater Québec City area and the surrounding areas, whenever possible:

  • Work from home
  • Avoid non-essential interurban travel

Those who have to travel from one shore to the other are being asked to use one of the following alternative means of travel, while respecting the public health regulations in effect:

  • Public transportation
  • Active transportation, such as cycling via the bicycle paths and the Québec bridge.

Visit Québec 511 before you hit the road!

For road users coming from other cities located in the west or southwest of Québec, such as Montréal or Gatineau, or from Ontario or border states, when possible, please use the Laviolette bridge (autoroute 55) to cross from one shore to the other or autoroute 40 if your final destination is the North Shore of Québec City.

Keep in mind

  • A reserved area on the bridge will be created for parked emergency vehicles enabling them to respond quickly when necessary.
  • Emergency corridors will also be created to provide rapid access for emergency vehicles. A specific coordination structure has been established with partners to ensure ease of access for emergency services and to guarantee rapid response times both in the work zone and for surrounding areas.
  • No obstructions will be allowed on the Québec bridge during the second work phase in order to keep the three lanes of traffic on the bridge open at all times.
  • In addition to this work, preparatory and other complementary work on the Pierre-Laporte bridge, as well as inspection and maintenance operations [page in French only] will be carried out in the evening and at night throughout the 2021 roadwork season. This work, and the operations required for its success will require partial lane closures.

Planned mitigation measures

  • Existing Monthly Metropolitan passes will receive an approximate 30% fare reduction and two occasional passes will be created with a single fare, allowing for travel throughout the entire Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) and Société de transport de Lévis (STLévis) network as well as the use of the Québec-Lévis ferry.
  • A shuttle between the Lévis campus of the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) and the Lévis river station will be created, with a stop at the Galeries Chagnon, for passengers boarding the ferry on foot.
    • Monday and Tuesday, between 5:40 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday to Friday, between 5:40 a.m. and 10 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.

    The frequency of the shuttle and the ferry will be adjusted according to the number of passengers.

  • 750 additional incentive parking spaces will be made available in downtown Lévis:
    • 100 spaces at Galeries Chagnon, on boulevard Guillaume-Couture
    • 200 spaces on the UQAR campus, on boulevard Alphonse-Desjardins
    • 300 spaces at Desjardins' head office on boulevard Guillaume-Couture
    • 150 spaces at Cégep de Lévis, on route Monseigneur-Bourget
  • A new bus route (24 Express) in the Saint-Rédempteur area will be created, with departures from the intersection of route des Rivières and rue Saint-Denis, going to “Sainte-Foy centre”.
  • For intercity travel, the frequency of STLévis buses on boulevard Guillaume-Couture and route des Rivières will also be increased with:
    • bus service every 15 minutes between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in each direction
  • The 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. time slot for the reserved lane on autoroute Robert-Bourassa (740) southbound will be changed to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. from June 27 to August 19.

Despite these measures, the Ministère reminds users that they should, whenever possible, opt for remote work and limit non-essential intercity travel while the work is underway.

For more details on transit fares, routes and schedules, please consult the RTC, the STLévis and the STQ websites.

Description of the resurfacing project

The Pierre-Laporte bridge is a suspension bridge located on autoroute 73 over the St. Lawrence River between Québec City and Lévis. The bridge is an essential link in the greater Capitale-Nationale region. Approximately 130,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day with 6% of the traffic being heavy vehicles. It has six lanes of traffic (three in each direction) and is 1,040 metres long. Like all suspension bridges, it has certain specifications, including the need for a relatively light and flexible structure.

The deck of the Pierre-Laporte bridge has experienced significant deformation due to the effects of wind, seasonal and temperature changes, as well as overloads on the roadway. As a result, the Ministère must perform more frequent maintenance on the deck to ensure the comfort and safety of road users, as well as to preserve its overall structure.

The major work being done on the bridge deck in the summer of 2021 consists primarily of:

  • Removing existing asphalt surfaces
  • Repairing and preparing the surface of the slab
  • Replacing the seals on the deck joints
  • Installing a waterproof membrane
  • Laying new asphalt
  • Pavement marking

The Ministère’s goal with this work is to stabilize the condition of the original slab and improve the comfort of road users.

Contact us

If you have any inquiries, complaints, or comments about the Pierre-Laporte bridge pavement resurfacing project, please contact us by phone at 511 or by filling out the online form.

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