Obstacles, economic impact, noise pollution: the citizens of the Île d’Orléans expressed several fears about the major works that will lead to the construction of a new bridge by 2027, during a virtual information session on Wednesday evening attended by more than 150 people.
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The preparatory work for the redesign of the Côte du Pont and the crossing with the Chemin Royal, the first phase of which began on Monday and will last until November, took up much of the discussion. The owners of an agriturismo farm have admitted that they are very concerned about their sales. A nurse who is often on call at night also wondered about possible slowdowns.
Project managers from the Ministère des Transports (MTQ) tried to be reassuring. “The Ministry is making every effort to limit the impact of the work,” stressed Jessica Potvin.
In addition, there will be no daytime lane closures on the coast for the apple season from September 1 to October 15, it was reminded. However, Jacques Paradis, owner of Domaine Orléans, pointed out that depending on the weather, the apple season sometimes extends beyond this period.
He was told that cross traffic will be the exception and that we will try to limit it as much as possible. But it will take a few times, especially for six days, to renew a culvert.
Lina Labbé, Prefect of the MRC, took the floor to wish “that there is tolerance and respect”, despite the inconveniences related to the site.
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