La Fontaine Tunnel Closure: Truckers Satisfied with Meeting with MTQ
Groupe Robert notably asked the Ministry of Transport for the possibility of increasing the transport load of trucks, to increase the volumes of goods transported.
The Quebec Trucking Association (ACQ) is pleased with a meeting with the Minister of Transport to mitigate delays related to the closure of part of the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine bridge-tunnel until 2025, without however any announcement of concrete measures.
The meeting of more than an hour made it possible to put on the table all our challenges, says Marc Cadieux, CEO of the Association, on leaving the meeting. He is delighted with the very strong will of Geneviève Guilbeault to implement solutions, without however announcing additional measures for the moment.
The government and the Association want to take advantage of the next week to better understand the behavior of motorists and take appropriate measures.
Geneviève Guilbault, Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility
Three of the six lanes of the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine tunnel will be closed to traffic as of October 31, for three years, due to major repair work. Motorists using the tunnel linking Montreal and Longueuil, via Île Charron, will therefore have to deal with only two lanes open towards Montreal and only one towards the South Shore.
“I feel a willingness to do things out of the ordinary given that the situation is out of the ordinary. »
— Marc Cadieux, CEO of the Quebec Trucking Association
We talked about the reserved hours, the corridors reserved for the transport of goods as well as serving the Port of Montreal. We are both condemned to find solutions, says Mr. Cadieux.
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal suggests banning solo car driving in the tunnel for peak hours to limit congestion.
The possibility of preventing vehicles with only one passenger during certain hours is also discussed. It is under study, the next few days will let us know if it is necessary. We each have duties in our respective circles. I also have my industry to consult, adds the CEO.
Trucking alone accounts for 13% of the vehicles that use this important economic link between the Island of Montreal and the South Shore on a daily basis. The only solution for truckers often comes down to falling back on the bridges of the South Shore, all of which are already congested.
In addition to truckers, passenger buses will also have to evaluate their options. This is the case of the transport company Keolis Canada. Spokesperson Emilie Charest indicates that Keolis Canada follows the evolution of Montreal traffic daily and communicates with the drivers of the routes concerned to advise them of the state of the traffic and offer them alternative routes in order to optimize the routes and respect arrival times. Keolis Canada takes the situation very seriously and will make every effort to provide the best service to its customers.