47 Quebec highway overpasses get repairs
The Canadian PressSunday, January 19, 2014
MONTREAL - Quebec's transport ministry has made repairs to 47 of the province's 605 highway overpasses following a round of inspections over the past week.
Transport Minister Sylvain Gaudreault says the repairs were precautionary and the overpasses get a passing grade.
The review was launched after a section of concrete fell from a Montreal overpass last Monday, closing a major city highway for three hours.
Gaudreault says this month's erratic weather — which has ranged from extreme cold to above-zero temperatures — likely made the province's aging roads worse.
Quebec's crumbling road infrastructure has been under scrutiny since a highway overpass in Laval collapsed in September 2006, killing five people.