The contract for the De la Concorde overpass was awarded in and by , the first reports of problems began to emerge. Here’s a look. Girard was on the off-ramp at De la Concorde and Highway 19 only seconds before the overpass collapsed. He thought his eyes were playing. On 30th September the central ‘drop-in’ span of the de la Concorde highway over-bridge in Laval, Canada, suddenly collapsed onto the.

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Please confirm your details below. The Monday October 2 following the collapse, as everyone was trying to get to work, three major expressways into Montreal from Laval were gridlocked with vehicle line-ups stretching for kilometres. Your existing password has not oveprass changed.

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You must verify your email address before signing in. There had been warnings from drivers and an inspector who looked at the span just an hour before a metre section of the overpass disintegrated. You can always change the information you share with us by editing your profile. Montreal Gazette transit journalist Andy Riga interviewed Marc LaForge, from the Societe de transport de Lavalabout the transport department suing Transport Quebec to pay for all these extra services:.

Pierre-Marc Johnson delivers the report of the Johnson Commission looking into the cause of the de la Concorde overpass collapse in Laval at a press conference on October 28, October 2,”Former Quebec premier to head inquiry into fatal freeway collapse”Montreal Gazette; Canada.

Views Read Edit View history. Accused of consistently putting off repairs to pass balanced budgets, the Quebec government has since increased spending on highways and projects and has increased infrastructure spending for future budgets.


Construction cranes move into place after a section of de la Concorde Boulevard in Laval collapsed onto Highway 19 in this file photo taken Saturday, September 30, Sign in to your account. On April 17,motorist Claude Simard tells the hearing into the collapse of the de la Concorde overpass that he drove over a chunk of concrete that fell from the overpass before it collapsed.

Also, the City of Montreal issued a list of a few overpasses under its own responsibility, citing that those were also under close scrutiny and closed to overweight traffic. The autoroute was closed for almost four weeks, [3] “disabling an important north-south link between Montreal and its northern suburbs as well as the Laurentian region “.

10 years later: de la Concorde overpass collapse leads to more frequent inspections

Costs also included paying overtime to drivers. The government also put detour routes in place, urged commuters to take public transport and to carpool. This event, and another similar overpass collapse inhave increased scrutiny of Quebec’s infrastructure and has led to increased efforts to detect signs of wear in aged structures.

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Normal traffic flows along Autoroute 19 amount to 57, vehicles per day in both directions.

Webarchive template wayback links All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from June Coordinates not on Wikidata. The Commission of inquiry. As of April28 bridges in Quebec are slated to be demolished due to structural deficiencies, and 25 are to receive major repairs. Highway overpass collapses near Montreal The De la Concorde overpass collapse occurred at a bridge over Quebec Autoroute 19 near MontrealQuebecCanadaat midday on September 30, Thank you for verifiying your email address.


The design of the overpass ocncorde considered innovative at the time; however, this design made it nearly impossible to inspect thoroughly, as the entire deck would have had to be removed for such an inspection.

Your account has been reactivated. Please check your inbox and follow the instructions to confirm your email. However, the commission that investigated the accident did blame the Quebec Transport Ministry for failing to take the necessary steps to fix the structure.

The fracture allowed the part of the abutment below it to break away from the part above, causing the collapse. After the collapse of the overpass, the government moved quickly to rescue survivors, remove the dead, and clear away the debris. By clicking “Create Account”, I hearby grant permission to Postmedia to use my account information to create my account.

Rescue workers clear debris after collapse of the de conncorde Concorde Blvd. Already have an account? It was closed to traffic less than three hours after the collapse and subsequently demolished. Thank you for verifiying your email address.

Collase is a division of Postmedia inc. Follow the instructions to update your password. We’ve sent you an email with instructions to create a new password. Your account has been reactivated. A decaying section of the de la Concorde overpass at de la Concorde overpass at Highway 19, Monday, October 2, This was due to a horizontal plane fracture that had slowly grown over the years.

In response to the incident, the Quebec government instigated several strategies to speed the recovery effort and to minimise the inconvenience of commuters.