Galipeault Bridge now open again in both directions

Traffic is now moving on the Galipeault Bridge linking Ste. Anne de Bellevue and Ile-Perrot, for the first time since it was closed on Saturday.

Officials had said earlier this week the bridge wouldn't reopen until water levels had receded in the area — a situation which was supposed to last weeks.

On Thursday afternoon, workers started showing up removing traffic cones, and by 3:30 p.m., traffic began moving in both directions.

Officials had feared it could take a lot longer to reopen the structure — possibly weeks. But an inspection Thursday by Transport Quebec officials revealed there was no damage to the structure, and workers began the process of pulling the orange cones away just before the afternoon rush hour.

"Water is a very tricky thing these days, isn't it?" said Transport Quebec spokesperson Gilles Payer. "An inspection of the structure, the steadiness of the lake level, and the expectation that the lake level can't get higher — all those things make it possible [to reopen the bridge] right now."

Now that the Galipeault span has reopened, a couple of the measures aimed at making it easier for people to get into town are coming to an end — the freebies on Exo trains and the break from the tolls on Highway 30. Beginning at Thursday night at midnight, you'll have to pay for train service and the tolls once again.

CJAD 800's Shuyee Lee contributed to this report.