After having approved the start of the construction season last week, The city of Sherbrooke launched right into it on Monday with the start of a project to add a multifunctional path alongside the Joffre Bridge. The bridge, one of only three that cross the Saint-Francis River in the downtown area, will have one of its two westbound lanes closed as a result off the work until at least mid-July.
Caroline Gravel, Director of the city’s urban infrastructure division described the lane closure as the first step in an “excessively complicated,” year of road construction ahead.
“The key message for the population is to avoid the downtown as much as possible,” she said, encouraging people who do have to make their way through the area to try methods that reduce vehicle traffic, such as carpooling, or to stick to King Street as much as possible.
To underscore that point, Gravel shared that as of next week, the intersection of Galt Street West and Belvediere, just a little further down the road, will be closed completely for a period of eight weeks. Although this comes with the trade-off that the intersection of Galt and Alexandre will be able to reopen, the expectation is that the extended closure of the intersection of two major roads will ultimately be more problematic.
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