|Olivier Charbonneau Bridge|
The A25 Bridge connecting Montreal and Laval, Quebec.
|Carries||Six lanes of A-25|
|Crosses||Rivière des Prairies|
|Locale||between Laval (Duvernay district) and Montreal (Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles)|
|Official name||Pont Olivier-Charbonneau|
|Opened||21 May 2011|
|Daily traffic||36,400 (2013)|
|Toll||$1.80-$2.40 with transponder, add $5.00 with picture|
The Olivier Charbonneau Bridge is a toll bridge over the Rivière des Prairies, between Laval's Duvernay district and Montreal's Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles borough. The long anticipated construction began in early 2008, despite a last-ditch attempt by Greenpeace to block the project, and the bridge was opened to traffic on May 21, 2011, at 12:30pm (EDT).
It is a cable-stayed bridge carrying 6 lanes of Quebec Autoroute 25. The bridge is part of a 7.2 km (4.5 mi)-long project for the completion of Highway 25, and allows cars, trucks and buses to avoid the Pie IX Bridge upstream. It also provides a route around the city of Montreal by connecting Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine Tunnel to Highway 440, thus allowing motorists to avoid the congested Metropolitan Expressway. It is the second modern toll bridge built in Quebec and the first ever built in the Montreal Metropolitan Area since the abolition of toll fares on Champlain bridge in the 1970s.
As of 2013, 36,400 vehicles cross the bridge daily with toll fees ranging from $1.88 to $7.08 due to A25 (a private company) charging over 5 dollars in administration fees.
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The highway under construction. The overpass shown already carries the Quebec Gatineau Railway.
- List of crossings of the Rivière des Prairies
- List of bridges in Montreal
- List of toll bridges
- Olivier Charbonneau, (c.1613-1687) first European settler of Île Jésus, after whom the bridge was named.
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