Maintenance of the Laporte bridge: Marchand has the impression that it is “a mess”

The mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand, is demanding clear answers from the next government on the state of the Pierre-Laporte bridge and regrets that the fragmented information gives the impression that the file is “a mess”.

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“The problem is that the sum of the news for a few weeks, even a few months, makes us fear that there is no captain in the ship […]he says.

“Currently, what comes out in dribs and drabs gives us the impression that it’s a mess, a brothel. I’m not saying that’s the case. I say that the information that citizens have, that we have, [crée] doubts, questions, and we have no answers,” he adds.

Mayor Marchand reacted to the microphone of Radio-Canada on Tuesday to the fact that work platforms installed under the Laporte bridge deck for paint and metallization maintenance must be dismantled in the coming weeks.

The Ministry of Transport is thus suspending the maintenance contract, worth nearly $85 million.


Open to traffic since 1970, the Pierre-Laporte bridge, which connects Quebec and Lévis, is the longest suspension bridge in Canada.  Its structure has 160 lines, 15 of which have already been replaced.  The Legault government ensures that the bridge is still safe.

Archive photo, Didier Debusschère

Open to traffic since 1970, the Pierre-Laporte bridge, which connects Quebec and Lévis, is the longest suspension bridge in Canada. Its structure has 160 lines, 15 of which have already been replaced. The Legault government ensures that the bridge is still safe.

It acts in this way to relieve the lines damaged by corrosion, the time to proceed with their replacement and so as not to add weight during these works, which are “priority”.

In August, the MTQ awarded an $8 million contract to consolidate 28 lines.

During this election period, the mayor of the capital asks the future prime minister to “quickly” appoint a Minister of Transport. “We have to take stock. We need to have the information. »

” Nothing to hide “

The outgoing Prime Minister, François Legault, assured that his government does not withhold any information. “We have nothing to hide on the Pierre-Laporte bridge. As we have information, we give it. »

Safe bridge

He reiterates that the necessary investments have been made and that the bridge is safe.

“There has been no indication in the years or months prior that there were any safety risks to people. »

Bruno Marchand affirms that there should be no debates on the maintenance of the two current bridges between Quebec and Lévis, which are according to him essential.

The third link cannot be a replacement link, he replied to those who use this argument to promote a tunnel project between the two shores.

“The condition of the lines is not an issue for carrying out the painting and metallization work. However, it is recommended not to add any load on the deck when the line replacement work is carried out. As the work to replace the lines is a priority, the Ministry asked the contractor to stop the painting and metallization work and to dismantle its platforms. »

– Émilie Lord, spokesperson for the Quebec Ministry of Transport

About 125,000 vehicles travel on the Pierre-Laporte bridge every day.

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