07/15/2013 02:49 EDT | Updated 09/14/2013 05:12 EDT

Mercier bridge work causes Montreal traffic woes

Scheduled work on the Honoré Mercier Bridge is causing major traffic woes for Montreal commuters.

Traffic was backed up for more than an hour this morning as drivers tried to make their way on to the island from the South Shore.

The bridge has been reduced to one lane in each direction, and will remain so for the next four weeks.

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“If it was only the bridge, it would be okay, acceptable,” said driver Yvon Bélanger who took the bridge from Montreal to the South Shore this morning. “But everything is closing. There [are] construction sites everywhere you are going in the province.”

Bélanger said he’ll go the long way and take the Champlain Bridge to avoid the traffic until work is done.

The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Inc. — the Crown corporation responsible for the bridges — is recommending commuters use public transit if possible.

Those who must take their cars are advised to cross the Champlain or Victoria bridges early in the morning to avoid heavy traffic.

Work will continue on the Mercier Bridge seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It is expected to be completed by August 11.