Last Wednesday, July 3, I visited the construction site of the Dunany Bridge.
I was well received by the workers and the supervisor who gladly answered my questions. Here is my report.
This being a Heritage bridge – built in 1912 – restoring it is a time-consuming job as parts, here and there have to be replaced, one at a time. I have a long list of those that the MTQ provided me but it is all in engineering speak!
As you can see from the pictures, the bridge deck has already been replaced. It was definitely at the end of its life. Maximum weight weight will now be limited to 22 tons.
When I was there, the workers were busy installing scaffolding for the construction of a shelter that will encapsulate the bridge while it is being painted. Something like a large Tempo car shelter some people use in the winter.
And yes, le pont Noir, its official name, will still be green!
Later, in August, they will lift the whole bridge by about a foot to replace the foundation blocks.
So far, work seems to be on schedule and the expected completion date is end of October.
When this restoration is complete, the bridge should be as good as a new one, good for another 100 years!
Total cost of the project is about 2M$ (planning, construction and supervision).
Thank you Jacques! Excellent reporting and answer to a quite a few questions! Nice to know this is NOT FAKE NEWS!!!!!
Thank you Jacques for that information
Thank you so much for this report and pictures, Jacques! So interesting!
Thanks for the update, Jacques, but there remains one very important question. Will driving on the bridge make the same sound after the repairs are finished?
Thanks for the information, great report! I have never heard it called the “noir” bridge. Interesting fact there is another bridge south of this one (same style!) crossing the North River too! Wonder what the name of that one is! At any rate I am happy it will be green again!
Thanks for the update Jacques. Much appreciated.
Very interesting update. Thank you Jacques, our star investigative reporter!
Thanks for the info, Jacques. So it sounds like it will still be a one-lane bridge. Is that right?
Thanks very much Jacques! I couldn’t figure out why it was taking so long because I assumed they were changing the bridge completely. Now it all makes sense!
Many questions have been answered. Merci Jacques.
Thank you Jacques!!
And I agree with Jeff, hope the grates stay!!
There are at least thre other Ponts Noir. This is the list from La Commission de toponymie du Québec.
Yes Kathleen. This being a reconstruction there will be no changes to the bridge.
Thanks for the report Jacques. Very interesting!
Will let you know when I find out.
great story Jacques ah the curious mind as always
Thank you, Jacques! I love receiving your Dunany reports even though not technically a Dunanyite… ; )
A memory of the bridge:One evening, back in the ’60’s, the two Dunany Steve’s were driven to the Windsor Tavern in Lachute by an older Dunanyite. He drank a couple of beers and we had cokes. On the drive back to Dunany he suddenly stopped in the middle of the Green Bridge, got out of the car and peed through the metal grating into the North River.
Thanks so much for the excellent report. I have been worried that they would replace or change our beloved « humming » bridge.
Really!! Jaques you’re very funny!!!! ??????