Overpass ­rebuild to ­disrupt Hwy 55 near Magog until November

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Overpass ­rebuild  to ­disrupt Hwy 55 near Magog until November

Motorists can expect delays on the 55 near Magog this summer as work proceeds on the reconstruction of an overpass near Magog. Beginning Monday, the Quebec Ministry of Transport (MTQ) will proceed with the reconstruction of the Highway 55 North bridge, a job that will last until November. The bridge will be closed to traffic for the duration of the project, as the structure has to be rebuilt from the ground up. Since February 2015, traffic on the overpass has been reduced to one lane. This measure was taken by the MTQ, as a preventive measure, pending the reconstruction of the overpass. The current overpass is over 50 years old and in need of an overhaul. Some 12,800 vehicles pass over the structure every day, 19 per cent of which are heavy vehicles. The southbound viaduct is in better condition, being 12 years younger than its twin. A detour will be in place via Highway 10 East, Highway 112 (Bourque Boulevard) and Highway 10 West. The total distance of the detour is 11.5 kilometers. The impact on traffic on Highway 10, over which the structure passes, will also be significant. Obstacles are expected on Highway 10 during construction. Obstructions on Highway 10 will usually be in place outside of peak hours, especially in the evening. During the demolition of the current structure, Highway 10 will be completely closed overnight in both directions at the job site. See full story in the Wednesday, May 2nd edition of The Record.

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