Traffic tie-ups expected this weekend due to major work zones
If the weather cooperates, Transport Quebec will be starting a roadwork blitz this weekend.
In addition to the many overnight closures in the region, there will be three large work sites featuring daytime closures.
One will be a headache for motorists wanting to use the Champlain Bridge. Transport Quebec is especially worried about the traffic that will be leaving downtown after the Canadiens game at the Bell Centre on Saturday night. That's because the eastbound Bonaventure Expressway - Autoroute 10 toward the Champlain Bridge - will be completely off limits to motorists this weekend, from Friday at 10 p.m. to Monday morning at 5 a.m. During the same period, the ramp from the Bonaventure east linking to Highway 15 north- and south-bound will be closed.
Drivers leaving the centre of the city after the hockey game are being advised to access the Champlain Bridge not by the Bonaventure but by taking the Ville Marie Expressway westbound, then Highway 15 southbound to the span. Or they can use the Jacques Cartier Bridge.
In addition, the westbound side of the Bonaventure toward downtown will be closed between Avenue Pierre Dupuy (exit 2) and the end of the highway from Sunday evening at 8 o'clock to Monday morning at 5 o'clock.
The second major worksite is the overpass that channels traffic from north-bound Highway 13 to east- and west-bound Highway 40. Paving work will shut down that ramp entirely, day and night, for about a month starting Sunday.
Drivers wanting to take the Trans-Canada in either direction from north-bound Highway 13 are being advised to go to the next exit (Boul. H.-Bourassa/Boul. Gouin) and follow the signs to access 13 south-bound.
Another complete shut down, this time on the South Shore, will impede traffic heading toward the Lafontaine Tunnel.
All westbound lanes of Highway 20 at Mortagne Boulevard will be closed first from Friday at 11:30 p.m. to Saturday at 9:30 a.m., then again from Saturday at 11:59 p.m. to Sunday at 11 a.m.