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Old 08-30-08, 09:19 AM   #1
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There are no bridges in Quebec

Was barreling down Hwy 138, which is for many the prefered north shore of the Saint Lawrence route between Montreal and Quebec. This was my annual return from NB by car trip with the four girls and myself at the wheel. Noticed a strange thing: The Quebecers have taken down all their bridges. We were shooting down this one hill near Portneuve, when I noticed the usual no-bridge over the river, and detour sign, I hit the brakes only to find I had no pedal. Got that under control and started looking for a garage for repairs and had to cross 2 no-bridges to get there. The amusing part was that any attempt to request the location of further no-bridges from locals got one stares of imcomprehension, apparently because "where are the no-bridges" is some kind of logical contradiction.

OK, the serious message is that Quebec suffered a tragic bridge failure in Montreal a few years back, and as a result is looking at the engineering of all their bridge stock. Some bridges, as on the 138, have continued to fall down in the normal course, and there remain some bridges that have yet to fall down. If you are planing a trip expect some detours or preferably get some reliable information about the best routes to take.
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Old 08-31-08, 02:58 PM   #2
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If the bridges were still up, I'd just go acrossed anyways. Different story with kids I supose.
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Some bridges were up and others were down. As far as my kids were concerned it was all the car thing this time. maybe later. I love the trip myself.
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??? What are you talking about? Are you talking about the slab of concrete that fell off a bridge onto a car? Quebec has old bridges like everywhere else. It's really no different at all. I wouldn't be any more afraid on our bridges as in the United States.
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Old 09-03-08, 05:30 PM   #5
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Do you mean the bridges were taken down completely or just closed for traffic?
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