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Montreal’s bad bridges


September 14, 2011
By The Canadian Press

NEWS HIGHLIGHT

Montreal's bad bridges
Nearly one-third of Montreal's deteriorating road
structures need repair work and a dozen of them are considered in
critical condition.

Sept. 14, 2011, Montreal – Nearly one-third of Montreal's deteriorating road
structures need repair work and a dozen of them are considered in
critical condition.

That's according to a study that examined 555 pieces of
infrastructure under local jurisdiction.

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The report released by the city today found 12 were in the most
critical shape, 44 were deficient, 38 were mediocre, and another 81
were just generally deteriorating.

That means just over 30 per cent of 555 structures such as
bridges, tunnels and overpasses need work.

The city's chronic infrastructure problems were brought into
focus this summer when a giant concrete slab collapsed onto a
downtown expressway, while bridge closures caused monster traffic
jams.

Theories abound about why the city's roads are in such poor
shape: two factors often cited are the use of poor materials in the
original construction, along with improper maintenance.