The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was joined today by Members of Parliament Marc Miller and David Lametti and local elected officials to inaugurate the new Île-des-Sœurs Bridge. The bridge is an important component of the new Champlain Bridge Corridor project, linking Île-des-Sœurs to the island of Montreal and connecting travellers along Highway 15 to the new Champlain Bridge.
The new Île-des-Sœurs Bridge will officially open to traffic in both directions on November 12, 2018 by 5:00 a.m. It features four traffic lanes in each direction and a multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists that will be open year-round. This enhanced crossing will ensure better traffic flow between the island of Montreal and Île-des-Sœurs while also encouraging increased use of active and public transportation options as one of the bridge’s lanes will be reserved for buses.
Minister Champagne took the opportunity of the inauguration to thank everyone who contributed to the design and building of the bridge. He also recognized the patience of local residents, and particularly those living on Île-des-Sœurs, whose lives have been impacted as result of work on the entire new Champlain Bridge Corridor.
The Minister outlined measures that are already being taken by Signature on the St. Lawrence (SSL) including improved synchronization of traffic lights to keep traffic moving and enhanced signage which will come into effect when the bridge opens on November 12.
“The completion of the Île-des-Sœurs Bridge is an important milestone for the new Champlain Bridge corridor. I thank all the workers and project staff whose collaboration and hard work is ensuring that the redesign of Montreal’s busiest crossing will meet the region’s long-term transportation needs,” said Champagne.
He also confirmed additional measures being implemented by SSL and Infrastructure Canada in collaboration with the City of Montreal and the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated to further address congestion and ensure safety on local roads this winter. Together, these efforts will help reduce traffic difficulties in the area and improve the quality of life of residents and travelers.