Transport Quebec insists the Henri-Bourassa overpass is safe even after a huge piece of concrete fell off of it Monday afternoon, damaging cars on the Hwy. 40 westbound below.
Inspectors worked on the overpass overnight Monday removing several hundred pounds of concrete, mostly near the guardrails, where the piece detached itself.
“They went to inspect the structure and they tapped where the concrete could be lose to make sure that it detached itself in an orderly manner,” Caroline Larose, spokeswoman for Transport Quebec told CJAD.
Workers will be back on site to continue the work overnight Tuesday. There will be closures during the job but Transport Quebec has not determined a timeline yet.
Transport Quebec says it will inspect all the overpasses with the same design across the province, beginning this week.
Work on the Henri-Bourassa overpass had last been done on November 27, 2013.
That came after an inspection in 2012, which found that work to improve the structure needed to be complete in a 2 to 5 year time frame.
“We were within the timeline. What we know now is having all the water coming into the structure from the weather, provoked the detachment of the concrete,” Larose said.