Parks Canada

Parks Canada

August 01, 2006 08:00 ET

Parks Canada: Alternate Lane Closings on the Gauron and Lafleur Bridges Due to Major Repair Work

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 1, 2006) - Parks Canada Agency is performing major repair work on Gauron and Lafleur Bridges, which link Dollard Avenue in LaSalle to Saint-Pierre Avenue in Lachine. This work may result in a reduction in the number of lanes open to traffic between August and November 2006.

Repair work is performed so as to minimize impacts on bridge users. Nonetheless, traffic might be slower in this area, and drivers are encouraged to take an alternate route. Semi-trailers and heavy vehicles must follow the indicated detours during the entire work period. For more information, please consult Parks Canada's Lachine Canal Website at www.pc.gc.ca/canallachine or call 514 283-6054.

More than one million dollars is being invested in the repair of structural components of Gauron and Lafleur Bridges, all as part of ensuring the safety of their many users and prolonging the useful life of these bridges. Funding for the project is provided by Parks Canada, with the Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada being charged with overseeing the actual work.

"Representing a major benchmark in Canada's industrial development and transportation history, the Lachine Canal and its industrial corridor constitute a very significant place of memory for all Canadians, said the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. I am glad that the Gauron Bridge, built in 1912, can continue to bear witness to Montreal's rich industrial heritage."

In compliance with its mission to conserve and present national cultural resources, Parks Canada is providing close archaeological and environmental monitoring of upgrading work on Gauron and Lafleur Bridges.

The Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada is part of the network of the Parks Canada national historic sites and parks in Quebec, which offer visitors high-quality services and outstanding heritage experiences.

(Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media room.)

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Francine Emond
    Director
    Western Quebec Field Unit
    (450) 447-4803