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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
The frequency of the shuttle and the ferry will be adjusted according to the number of passengers.
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
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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:
The Ministère’s goal with this work is to stabilize the condition of the original slab and improve the comfort of road users.
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
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