UPDATE | The MTQ cancels the full closure of the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine bridge tunnel planned for the Grand Prix weekend.
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The bridge tunnel linking the South Shore to Montreal was due to close completely over the weekend as the metropolis awaits thousands of visitors for the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
“A complete closure of a portion of Autoroute 25 toward the South Shore, including the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel, as well as ramp closures at Interchange 20 and 30, will be instituted over the weekend of June 17 through 20,” the Quebec Department of Transportation said in a press release.
These closures will come into effect from 12:30am Friday night through Saturday and last until 5am Monday morning.
According to the government, the closures are necessary to install a working platform in the tunnel and start work related to the construction of signal bridges at the 20 and 30 motorway junction.
The news triggered a wave of dissatisfaction among users on social networks. Many pointed out the lack of reflection.
“A great way to show what Montreal looks like to all the tourists who will be in town for the Grand Prix! They will definitely want to come back to visit our city,” commented one woman.
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“Not a good idea with Father’s Day and Grand Prix,” adds one man.
Others hope the government will reverse the move.
“Hoping that that will change tomorrow, as so often happens,” wrote one user on Facebook.
According to Radio Circulation 730 columnist Philippe Laguë, that plan could actually change.
“Will they decide to postpone the work for a week, it’s possible, it will happen. The press releases change daily,” he told the Journal.