“Since closing a lane on the Champlain Bridge, we’ve been closely monitoring the girder that requires reinforcement, and in recent days have noted that its condition has continued to decline,” said a statement issued late Thursday night by the Jacques Carter and Champlain Bridges Corporation.
“As a preventive measure, we are obliged to close a second southbound lane to carry out a special inspection to thoroughly analyze the situation.”
Friday morning, two of the three lanes heading towards the South Shore will be closed.
Montreal-bound traffic is not affected.
The corporation urges motorists heading off-island to use either the Mercier or Jacques Cartier bridges, or the Lafontaine tunnel.
Officials will hold a news conference on Friday to provide an update, and inform people of traffic-calming measures until the lanes on the Champlain Bridge are reopened.