24 city bridges, tunnels listed as "critical"
The city says no less than 24 bridges and tunnels are in "critical" condition across Montreal.
On Wednesday they presented an action plan to start repairing — or replacing them.
The city's point man on infrastructure, Richard Deschamps, says city engineers have inspected 93 per cent of bridges and tunnels across the city, and labelled 24 of them as critical.
But Deschamps says Montrealers shouldn't be worried.
"Every kind of investigation has been done, we can assure that public security is not at risk," Deschamps said. "If it would be, engineers wouldn't hesitate to shut it down."
The city will invest $27 million dollars in 2014 to begin fixing the 24 structures, even though they say $50 million is what they need.
“We should invest 50 million,” Deschamps said. “We are going to get to that number but realistically next year we’ll invest 27 million and prioritize those most deteriorated.”
The city's 2014 action plan prioritizes the repair of the Rockland, Armand-Bombardier and Armant-Chaput overpasses and the replacement of Claude-Brunet Bridge and of a pedestrian walkway over Cote de Liesse, east of Barr road.
Deschamps says anything unsafe will be closed off to public, so far five of the 24 will be closed off and four will be demolished.
More details here on the work that will be done to the 24 bridges and tunnels.