“These bridges won’t last forever”

For Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Guilbault, the emergency work to be carried out on the Pierre Laporte Bridge shows that this structure and that of the Quebec Bridge “will not last forever”, which, in her opinion, justifies the third link between the capital and Lévis.

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The province’s transport minister, François Bonnardel, had made a formal outing on Thursday, the day after Radio-Canada reported on an expert report submitted to Department of Transport (MTQ) managers on April 21.

The report concluded that the suspensions supporting the bridge deck should be replaced as soon as possible.

Since 2015, 15 of the 160 suspension lines on the Pierre Laporte Bridge have been replaced. However, lab pull tests on one cable reportedly found it had lost more than half of its original capacity.

At the time, Minister Bonnardel considered it “unacceptable” not to have been made aware of this report.

Important work ahead

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region, Geneviève Guilbault, yesterday reiterated her government’s desire to follow up on the report’s conclusions.

“We will do whatever is necessary to secure the bridge. There will be work, as my colleague from Transport said,” she said in her riding of Louis-Hébert yesterday as she attended the inauguration of the Cartier-Roberval archaeological site.

Despite the concerns raised by this report – which the government has not downplayed – it still wanted to be reassuring about the current situation.

“It is important to remember that the Pierre Laporte Bridge is safe. But we have to do the work that needs to be done,” she said.


Mme Guilbault insisted on promoting the Quebec-Lévis tunnel project, which is close to the heart of his government.

“That [le rapport sur l’état des suspentes du pont Pierre-Laporte] demonstrates, in my opinion, the need to secure our interlink network with a third-party link. These bridges, as I have often said, will not last forever,” she said.

Geneviève Guilbault also sent a message to motorists who are grappling with the impact of the line changes, although the schedule and scope of the work is not yet known.

“I urge people in advance to be patient. Every time we work [sur le pont] this is a bit of a headache,” concluded the minister.


Remember that the Quebec government’s 1,800 engineers have been on strike since April 22nd.

They also denounce the lack of maintenance of the Pierre Laporte Bridge and the Quebec Bridge.

—In collaboration with Marc-André Gagnon

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