Viau Bridge

The Viau Bridge (officially in French: Pont Viau; formerly called the Ahuntsic Bridge, French: Pont Ahuntsic) was built in 1930, rebuilt in 1962 and widened in 1993.

Viau Bridge
Viau Bridge, seen from a bike trail in Montreal, Quebec.
Coordinates45°33′26″N 73°40′32″W
Carries4 lanes of Route 335 and one bus lane
CrossesRivière des Prairies
LocaleLaval, Quebec and Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Official namePont Viau
Other name(s)Pont Ahuntsic (Ahuntsic Bridge)
Maintained byTransports Québec
Characteristics
DesignConcrete arch bridge
History
Opened1962
Statistics
Daily traffic36,000 (2013)[1]

The bridge spans the Rivière des Prairies between the Montreal borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville and the Laval neighbourhood of Pont Viau. It is part of Route 335. About 36,000 drivers cross the bridge each weekday. The Société de transport de Laval has a designated bus lane for one of its bus routes[2][3][4] heading south towards Henri-Bourassa Terminus Nord and the Henri Bourassa Station and north towards Cartier Station. The Orange Line (Line 2) of the Montreal Metro that was extended in 2007 northward to Laval is backed up with the bus route of the same number. On August 8, 2007, a large hole and crack in the bus-only lane near the Laurentian Boulevard (Laval) side of the bridge brought a complete closure, but an inspection concluded that the bridge had no structural problems or damage and was reopened the same day.[5]

A wooden bridge was built there in 1847.

See also

References

  1. Bisson, Bruno. "Pont de l'A-25: ça roule pour le MTQ". La Presse. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  2. STL route 2 Archived February 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  3. STL route 31 Archived February 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. STL route 55 Archived February 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. Bridge to Laval reopens


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