Another set of weekday Turcot closures coming on Friday

Brace yourself — Transport Quebec has announced yet another weekday closure in the Turcot Interchange, coming this Friday. 

West Island commuters will bear the brunt of this one, as workers dismantle a stretch of the old Highway 15 south that stands above the new Highway 20 and the CN rail lines.

Highway 20 will be closed in both directions through the interchange starting on Thursday evening, according to Martin Girard, spokesperson for Transport Quebec.

As a result, eastbound motorists will be diverted off the 20, forced to go either north on the Decarie or south on Highway 15, and make their way downtown from there.  Westbound drivers will be forced onto Decarie northbound.  Those wanting to access the Champlain Bridge from downtown are advised to use the Bonaventure Expressway.   

The 15 southbound will also be closed through the Turcot interchange, forcing drivers to choose between the westbound 20 or the eastbound 136. 

"We're going to install a big deflector, as well as a kind of crane pad on top of the A20," said Olivier Beaulieu, Deputy Project Manager for the Turcot Renovation. "[These measures] take some time, so we need the 72 hours."

If you can leave your car at home, the commuter trains will continue to run on Friday, and will be free on the Candiac and Vaudreuil-Hudson lines.

More weekday #Turcot closures coming this Friday. This one will affect West Island commuters. The 20 will be closed in both directions inside the interchange. The 15S will also be closed starting Thursday night. Commuter trains will still run and will be free. #CJAD800

— Matt Gilmour (@MGilmourMTL) April 2, 2019

If not, your recommended detour for getting in and out of downtown is the Bonaventure Expressway.

This is the final scheduled weekday closure that commuters will have to deal with, but Girard admits a situation could arise which necessitates another three day shutdown.

77 per cent of the old structure has already been dismantled, according to Beaulieu. That number is expected to be at 97 per cent by the start of summer.