The city is pleased to announce a second phase for the Pont Jacques-Bizard project. The bridge is slated to open in 2025. The second phase will include dismantling the actual bridge, restoring the shoreline and redeveloping the shores of the Rivière des Prairies.
In the first phase of the project, the old Pont Jacques-Bizard was going to be converted into a pedestrian bridge once the new bridge was built. This proposal would have retained infrastructures (electrical network, waterworks and telecommunications services) underneath the old structure.
Since then, the concept of the new bridge has been enhanced. Infrastructures will be moved, and a wider sidewalk and bike path will be created.
A four-metre-wide bike path will also ensure that emergency vehicles can get through if lanes of traffic are blocked.
Decision about the current bridge
Since the new bridge will address long-term mobility needs, promote active transportation and assure key services to residents of Île Bizard, the decision was made to dismantle the old bridge in the second phase of the project.
In order to conserve the old structure, an investment of several millions of dollars was necessary to transform and maintain it. The current bridge was built in 1965 and will soon reach the end of its useful life.
Dismantling the piers of the old bridge will enhance the habitat of fish in the area.