Company asks for local bypass

Lac-des-Sables Bridge

Posted on June 2, 2022 by Maxim Ouellette-Legault


The load restriction on the Lac-des-Sables bridge on Route 309, which was reduced to 18 tonnes last April, is putting Les Habitations CL, a Notre-Dame-de-Pontmain company, in difficulty.

According to Samantha Saroufim, Communications Advisor for the General Directorate of the MTQ for the Laurentides-Lanaudière regions, “In parallel with the repair work, the Department will start planning the reconstruction of the structure.  In addition, no further diversion is planned for the moment in the bridge area.”  (Photo L'info de la Hare - Simon Dominé)

According to Samantha Saroufim, Communications Advisor for the General Directorate of the MTQ for the Laurentides-Lanaudière regions, “In parallel with the repair work, the Department will start planning the reconstruction of the structure. In addition, no further diversion is planned for the moment in the bridge area.” (Photo L’info de la Hare – Simon Dominé)

In fact, the company can no longer cross the bridge with concrete mixers to complete the foundation of a customer in Notre-Dame-du-Laus. “We are simply asking to go through this casting just to complete at least this phase,” says Sylvie Constantineau, co-owner of Les habitations CL.

The construction company Sylvie Constantineau and Sylvain Levert has existed since 2009 and is currently expanding. Sylvie Constantineau explains that the company builds 7 houses a year.

A requested detour

According to Sylvie Constantineau, “The problem is that MTQ didn’t check to make a detour to the facility. We went to Papineau-Labelle park to try to find a detour, but the paths are impassable for concrete mixers.”

“We don’t want to relive the same thing that happened with the Saint-Denis bridge”, he adds, referring to the bridge also under the responsibility of the MTQ in the neighboring municipality of Notre-Dame-du-Laus, still on Route 309, closed to the transit since 2016.

Currently, the detour passes through Route 105 and Maniwaki, in the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau in Outaouais. According to Sylvie Constantineau, this detour is too far: “We are locals, the Lac-des-Sables bridge separates our two municipalities”. She also highlights that the MTQ would have made its decision without warning: “We were in the process of sinking our house and without warning, the bridge dropped to 18 tons”.

A company now in difficulty

“We are obliged to tell our customers that there is nothing we can do. If the situation continues, we will have to lay off employees. We try to keep our workers, make them do chores here and there. We lost a lot of money and we are still losing more”, laments Sylvie Constantineau.

“We are landlocked. We’re asking for a local detour. »
Sylvie Constantineau

She also explains that it is impossible to bring concrete from Gatineau to complete the work: “We buy it locally in Mont-Laurier. Also, Gatineau is far from Notre-Dame-du-Laus and the concrete will be of much lower quality when it arrives. Concrete cannot come from Gatineau or Mont-Laurier.”

The company’s co-owner also complains that some heavy trucks still travel on the bridge: “I pass the bridge every day and I see heavy trucks passing by. There is no one looking on the bridge. If I put concrete mixers on the bridge, it will cost me a $4,000 fine.”

According to Sylvie Constantineau, other companies in Upper Laurenciano are feeling the effects of this cargo restriction. “It’s a chain,” she explains.


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