Montreal’s New Champlain Bridge Opens to Traffic

The Canadian Press reports, Canada’s new Samuel De Champlain Bridge partially opened to northbound Montreal traffic yesterday. The US$3.3 billion St. Lawrence River crossing has three lanes in each direction, a central deck for public transit, and a pedestrian and bicycle path. A complete opening is scheduled for July 1. The article notes that thanks to the ruling Liberal government’s recision of an earlier controversial plan, the bridge is not tolled.

Montreal Gazette provides local coverage of the opening (video included).