So, is the 3rd link still a priority?

The worrying state of the Pierre-Laporte bridge imposes a very clear observation. Well before adding a third link, the Quebec government must ensure the sustainability of the other two, and arrive as quickly as possible with a replacement plan in the west, if necessary.

First, the government must guarantee the users of the bridges, three-quarters of which travel from west to west where they live and work, with safe infrastructures.

However, this guarantee is really not clear, in light of this report on the Pierre-Laporte bridge, which the Minister of Transport was not even aware of.

There is of course a context of union negotiations, as the Prime Minister recalled yesterday. But that does not excuse everything.

Is the government so intent on a project – the third link – because it promised it during the election campaign, that it is neglecting existing infrastructure?

preposterous justification

Then, the government often tries to justify the third link by evoking the dilapidated state of the Quebec and Laporte bridges. The latter are aging and another link will be needed, claim in turn the ministers Guilbault, Bonnardel and others, for months.

Except that the most obvious logic is that, if the Laporte bridge must indeed be replaced in the medium term, it is on this urgent and major problem that we must work, as we did in Montreal for the bridge Champlain.

We must stop wasting energy, and money, on adding a new link that will not see the light of day for at least 10 to 15 years.

Because the infrastructure of the Laporte bridge, if it were no longer viable in the medium term, would obviously have to be replaced in the west.

lame solution

The government cannot offer, as an alternative, for the approximately 155,000 bridge users to be forced to travel from the west to Lauzon to then end up at ExpoCité and have to come back west.

Yet this is the unacceptable scenario that awaits these users if we rely, as the CAQ does, on the third link as an alternative to bridges in the west.

Once this portrait is drawn, we understand to what extent the argument according to which the third link project should supposedly be accelerated to remedy the problem turns out to be ridiculous and even far-fetched.

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