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More police on the road for construction holiday

07/20/2012 02:54 EDT | Updated 09/19/2012 05:12 EDT
Quebec's annual construction holiday officially begins July 22, but people expect to see increased traffic as early as Friday afternoon.

In the past, the two-week holiday has led to a spike in road fatalities. In 2011, 21 people lost their lives in vehicle-related accidents during the holiday.

This year, officials are increasing their presence on the road in order to curb the risks taken by some drivers.

Sgt. Daniel Thibodeau, spokesperson for the Quebec provincial police, says the Sûreté du Québec has been working with researchers for several years in order to come up with a prevention strategy.

The strategy will include about 6,500 interventions by police.

"Roughly 2,100 will be for speeding infractions, 1,900 for cellphone use, another 1,900 for seatbelt use and about 700 for impaired driving. It represents about 11,000 man hours," said Thibodeau.

Thibodeau believes the police's strategy is already showing promising results; there have been 22 fewer deaths this year compared to last year.

Six day bridge repairs

The City of Montreal has announced it will be focusing its efforts on repaving the Jacques-Cartier bridge over a six-day period beginning Sunday.

Work is slated to begin at 2 a.m. on Sunday and continue through until 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24.

During that time, only one lane per direction will be opened.

The group in charge of both the Jacques-Cartier and the Champlain bridge has opted to do the work during the annual construction holiday because of the reduced amount of traffic at this time of the year.

The Jacques-Cartier bridge was repaved for the last time ten years ago. The bridge's on-ramps will also need to be repaved,but this project will be saved for 2013.

Metro services will be increased on the yellow line by 50 per cent in order to facilitate and alleviate traffic.

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