Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine tunnel refurbishment

As announced by the Quebec Transport Ministry, a monster overhaul of the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine tunnel is set to begin at the end of October. As a result, work on the tunnel will be a major source of congestion and this will affect the activities of transport companies like ours.

Start of the three-year tunnel overhaul

Starting on Monday, October 31, three of the tunnel's six lanes will be closed to traffic until the end of 2025 for major repairs. Thus, for a period of three years (at least), only two lanes toward the island of Montreal and one lane toward the South Shore will be open. Already, drivers have to cope with major obstacles at the bridge-tunnel (complete closure in one direction or the other, etc.).

Repercussions

This new long-term situation, combined with the traffic that will build up on the Jacques-Cartier and Samuel-De Champlain bridges, will add pressure to all the other road infrastructures on the island which are already saturated. Obviously, having facilities in Boucherville and Lachine, Guilbault will suffer the consequences and unfortunately, there will be inevitable delays beyond our control.

Implementation of measures

For the past several months, our organization has been developing contingency plans to continue to provide quality service to its customers and offset the negative effects of this long-term obstruction. Thus, in order to ensure quality service within reasonable delays, many operations will take place at night rather than during the day.  Therefore, no pickup or delivery appointments will be scheduled for locations served by our Boucherville terminal.

On the other hand, we rely on the flexibility of consignees to accept the goods without scheduled delivery appointments. Should you have any questions pertaining to this subject, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager.

Thank you for your understanding and collaboration.

 

Georges Moreau 
Vice president sales and marketing