The repair of the Pierre Laporte Bridge was entrusted to another MTQ team

A decision logicsaid MTQ spokesman Nicolas Vigneault, given the conclusions of a document that reports, among other things, the accelerated dismantling of the hangers, those pairs of vertical cables used to support the bridge deck.

par l’équipe d’Enquête, […] il y a suffisamment d’éléments qui nous disent qu’il y aura des travaux importants à venir sur le pont Pierre-Laporte”,”text”:”Quand on regarde le rapport qui a été rendu public par Radio-Canada, par l’équipe d’Enquête, […] il y a suffisamment d’éléments qui nous disent qu’il y aura des travaux importants à venir sur le pont Pierre-Laporte”}}”>If we look at the report published by Radio-Canada, by the team atdetection, […] there is enough evidence that major works are pending on the Pierre Laporte Bridgeexplains Mr. Vigneault.

This is a report that the department naturally takes very seriously. »

A quote from Nicolas Vigneault, spokesman for the MTQ

Two MTQ engineers studied the suspension system of the Pierre Laporte Bridge and signed a more than 100-page document whose main recommendation is the replacement of all suspension lines. The earliest would be bestyou write.

The MTQ report shows corroded wires in a cable that was removed from the Pierre Laporte Bridge to be replaced.

Photo: Radio Canada

MTQ believes that the Major Projects Department is best placed to handle such major projects. Anything related to the repair and maintenance of the supporting cables, hangers, decks, pylons or anchor blocks of the Pierre Laporte Bridge is now managed by the MTQ’s major road projects.

Fontaine] à Montréal et également le projet de remplacement du pont de l’Île-d’Orléans”,”text”:”C’est cette équipe-là notamment qui a été impliquée dans Turcot, dans la grande réfection du tunnel Louis-H[yppolite-LaFontaine] à Montréal et également le projet de remplacement du pont de l’Île-d’Orléans”}}”>This team was in Turcot involved in the extensive renovation of the Louis-H[yppolite-La Fontaine] in Montreal and the replacement project for the Île-d’Orléans bridgespecifies the spokesman of the Ministry.

The entire management of the Pierre-Laporte Bridge was previously the responsibility of the regional government of Chaudière-Appalaches. The regional team retains certain responsibilities, such as clearing snow from the bridge.

The 160 suspension cables of the Pierre Laporte Bridge are in a critical condition, according to a report by two engineers from the Ministry of Transport. (Archive)

Photo: Radio Canada / Camille Carpentier

In addition, the Chaudière-Appalaches staff dedicated to the dossier will provide the necessary support to ensure the management of the Pierre-Laporte Bridge while awaiting the formation of the new team in the Major Projects Department.

The engineer at the head of the team responsible for the Pierre Laporte Bridge within the Chaudière-Appalaches Territory Administration had mentioned to Radio-Canada that he did not have access to the report, but assured that there was no rush to replace all suspension lines the Pierre Laporte Bridge.

Although the lines had to be changed urgently last fall and fellow engineers had been sounding the alarm since 2016, Christian Mercier relied on the preliminary opinion of an American company whose report is little expected.

Christian Mercier is the Major Structures Coordinator in the Chaudière-Appalaches Territorial Division for the Quebec Department of Transportation.

Photo: Radio Canada

But the day after the broadcast, Transport Minister François Bonnardel was quick to announce the acceleration of the replacement of the lines.

ans pour consolider, réparer ou remplacer ces suspentes”,”text”:”Je peux vous assurer d’une chose aujourd’hui, ça va prendre moins de 15ans pour consolider, réparer ou remplacer ces suspentes”}}”>I can assure you one thing today, it will take less than 15 years to consolidate, repair or replace these lines., he said, as Christian Mercier and his team planned a complete replacement over a period of 5 to 15 years. Only 15 of the 160 original lines have been changed since 2015. That leaves 145 to replace.

François Bonnardel, Quebec Minister of Transport

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François Bonnardel was only informed of the report on the state of the Pierre Laporte Bridge when it was broadcast last week detection asked MTQ to comment, while managers and senior officials have been reviewing the document since April 2.

The minister announced that an external company would do this Investigate the process that led to these errors.

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