Traffic on the Mercier Bridge will be down to one lane until August

As if getting to and from the south shore wasn't tough enough, one-half of the Mercier Bridge will be closed beginning Friday night at 10 p.m., and won't reopen until Aug. 20.

The provincially-owned portion of the bridge needs some structural work, and that will mean it'll be off-limits for two months.

The other side of the bridge, the federally-owned one, will remain open, though traffic will be cut to just one lane for those two months.

Meanwhile, the Airlie St. entrance to the bridge on the Montreal side will also be closed — drivers will have to detour via Lafleur Ave. and Clement St. to access the bridge.

Transport Quebec is warning motorists to consider one of the other bridges to get to the south shore, while adding the bridge may be shut down completely on a few weekends later this summer.