By Lawrence Belanger
Local Journalism Initiative
Sherbrooke’s project to replace the Grandes-Fourches Bridge and relocate it away from the riverbank is moving along at pace. Speaking during a press conference at the edge of the ongoing construction site for the bridge across Magog River, Caroline Gravel, the city’s Director of Urban Infrastructure, announced that Sherbrooke has obtained authorization from the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, de la Faune et des Parcs (MELCCFP) to continue work on the section of road near the Saint-François Bridge.
As a result, the access ramp to the Saint-François Bridge from the rue des Grandes-Fourches Nord will be permenantly closed starting Monday, Dec. 12. The closure will allow the demolition of the overpass traversing Grandes-Fourches on the west side of the bridge, after which the road level will be raised to match. Gravel explained that the work will result in the installation of a roundabout replacing the current grade-separated interchange between Grand-Fourches and the Saint-François Bridge.