08/18/2011 01:05 EDT | Updated 10/18/2011 05:12 EDT

Jean Charest Wants Champlain Bridge Answers From Ottawa

MONTREAL - The Quebec government says it wants clarity from Ottawa with respect to the future of Montreal's decaying Champlain Bridge.

The demand came after a summit involving the premier, provincial transport minister and mayors of Montreal-area municipalities.

Premier Jean Charest says the province has difficult budgetary decisions to make as it must refurbish the crumbling road network around Montreal.

But he says the federal government must play a role, as the Champlain Bridge falls under its jurisdiction.

The span is one of the busiest in the country and is considered a vital economic artery, used for shipping to and from the northeastern United States.