Montreal overpass sheds concrete; TQ says it's safe

Traffic is flowing normally in both directions on highway 40 at the Cote Vertu overpass.

The overpass shed some excess concrete this afternoon, and forced stretches of highway 40 to shut down for a time.

But Sarah Bensadoun with Transport Quebec says the issue is not structural.

"We're not talking about structural integrity here, we're talking about concrete that was on the surface," she says. "So if there's concrete that's loose, we remove it."

The chunks of concrete that fell are as big as 10 centimetres long.

She suggests the rain and the wild temperature swings of the last few days may have had something to do with it.

Bensadoun says the last time the overpass was inspected was on Jan. 19 — almost a week after some concrete fell from an overpass above Highway 40 at Henri-Bourassa.

The Cote-Vertu overpass was apparently not part one of the structures targeted in an inspection blitz after the Henri-Bourassa incident.

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  1. George73 posted on 04/16/2014 04:30 PM
    Funny how TQ always say an overpass is safe AFTER junks of it have fallen. Perhaps they need to concentrate on safety BEFORE?

    I wonder if the no-fault insurance of this province doesn't make the government complacent. If people get killed by this stuff, its always designated as a traffic accident and thus no one can be sued for negligence. Thus, NO ONE in TQ will ever be held to account.

    Lets get rid of no fault insurance and see how quickly road infrastructure starts to get adequately maintained. Just want benefit does this whole no-fault nonsense bring to the taxpayer these days?
  2. LMAO posted on 04/16/2014 10:48 PM
    The overpass shed some excess concrete this afternoon, and forced stretches of highway 40 to shut down for a time. Sarah Bensadoun with Transport Quebec says the issue is not structural.

    No but it is a killer if you happen to be the unlucky person who's windshield it goes through. Where do these engineers get their diplomas Disneyworld???
    1. George73 posted on 04/17/2014 05:15 PM
      @LMAO Disney World welcomes people from all countries and speaking all languages. If one doesn't speak French, then one's expertise is not even considered by this province. It seems that not being able to speak French means that ones expertise is worthless, yet being able to speak French instantly validates a hobo off the street as more qualified to contribute to the safety of Quebekers.

      Remember that when you exit off the 720 on rue Guy. The guy tapping on your window for a handout is more welcome than any qualified non-Frenching speaking individual from the rest of the world.

      I am so happy that my Anglophone dollars continue to support the fantasy world of "no english required"

      Couillard may be a brain surgeon. But my brain tells me that he has to allow bilingualism across the province in all aspects of life. If one can only speak English, does that mean that Quebec is back in the 60's and equates that with being black and therfore unworthy of any decent employment?

      In the ROW (rest of world, not just ROC), ability is the driving factor for employment, regardless of language. Quebec needs to wake up and smell the freakin' coffee. Speak to the Venture Capital guys. Very few are Quebec Francophones.

      Couillard needs to direct his party to employ policies that benefit all Quebekers regardless of language. When he worked in Saudi Arabia did they specify he was only qualified for the position if he spoke Arabic, Turkish or Urdu?

      I guess not. They certainly appear to have paid him well even without being fluent in one of the local languages. Do you think they valued his medical skill above his linguistic one. As a patient, I would hope so.

      So if you want to recruit the highest calibre individuals you need to get rid of the language issue when it is simply not relevant.

      And for the record...I went to the General Hospital in Hawkesbury, Ontario, recently with my daughter and we were confronted by a triage nurse that did not understand English. At all. If Ontario will employ a medical professional that cannot speak English - presumably this person is highly talented - why does Quebec find itself unable to employ an English speaker who doesn't speak French?

      French Quebekers have to learn to stop being the victim. In this province, the non-French speaking taxpayers are actively discriminated against by governmental decree. Unless they reject the baby-sitting mentality of their elected governments, they cannot protest that accusations of their insularity, self-entitlement and racism are not unwarranted.
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