City's infrastructure repair blitz almost done

The city of Montreal says its completed repair work on 52 of 54 structures on the city's roads — after inspections over the past few weeks.

The inspections were launched after a large chunk of concrete fell from the Henri-Bourassa overpass onto highway 40 westbound on Jan. 13.

No one was hurt in that incident, but it raised renewed fears about the state of highway infrastructure in Montreal and Quebec.

The other two structures will take longer to fix, but the city says they are safe.

The city inspected 89 overpasses, tunnels and other structures since January 13th and deemed that 54 needed repairs.

"For our administration, safety is a priority," Lionel Perez, the executive committee member in charge of infrastructure said in a statement. "This willingness to act is reflected in our 2014 budget, which allots $3.3 million for maintaining our bridges and tunnels."

Perez also says large temperature swings, like the one that preceded the incident on Highway 40, will be followed by a similar kind of inspection blitz.

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  1. ric posted on 02/07/2014 08:19 AM
    How comforting to know how safe we are from Trans. Quebec until the next chunk falls. Maybe if they'd do maintenance on these overpasses and bridges things would be safer. Maybe if things were built to code instead of shortcuts, they'd last longer.
  2. George73 posted on 04/16/2014 04:33 PM
    So where was the Cote Vertu overpass in this scheme of things? Two months after work is complete, concrete junks are already raining down.

    Negligence or incompetence. TQ employees at all levels must be held to account.
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