Bridge to l’Ile-d’Orléans to be re-asphalted… again

Bridge to l’Ile-d’Orléans to be re-asphalted… again

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Quebec City (Quebec) August 6, 2014 – It has only been four years since the bridge to the beautiful Orleans Island was resurfaced to fix all the potholes and cracks that had popped up during the previous years, but it appears that that particular paving job was either badly done or wasn’t thick enough, because the potholes are back and even worse than they were before.

Islanders are upset that they will have to once again, after such a short period, endure another few months of a bridge which will only have one lane functioning, meaning backups at rush hours and slower traffic at the best of times.

A spokesperson for the Minister of Transport says the repairs are almost a normal situation stating that because of the age of the bridge the asphalt applied has to be a relatively thin layer in order to reduce any extra weight on the structure. The Île d’Oléans bridge is 80 years old and is on its last legs, so to speak.

A new bridge is slated to be constructed starting in 2022, so there’s a good chance the present structure will have to be repaved twice before then if the thin coat applied this fall only lasts another four years.

The Prefect for the island is upset about the poor quality and the consequences it has caused for the residents of his Island. He claims it is not normal to have to repave after such a short period of time. The Minister defends the work by saying the bridge moves in the wind, and the winter elements play havoc on such an old bridge.

The work will start soon and should be finished for early September, just in time for the apple picking season.

The repaving job will cost the government $415,000; less than what it cost in 2010 which at that time was $420,000.

LifeinQuebec.com Staff Writer
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