Charles de Gaulle Bridge

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Charles de Gaulle Bridge
Charles de Gaulle Bridge (Montreal).JPG
Coordinates 45°42′7″N 73°30′32″W / 45.70194°N 73.50889°W / 45.70194; -73.50889
Carries Quebec Autoroute 40.svg Quebec Autoroute 40
Crosses Rivière des Prairies
Locale between Montreal and Terrebonne
Official name Pont Charles de Gaulle
Maintained by Transports Québec
Opened 1965

Coordinates: 45°42′7″N 73°30′32″W / 45.70194°N 73.50889°W / 45.70194; -73.50889

For the bridge in Paris see Pont Charles-de-Gaulle

The Charles de Gaulle Bridge is a bridge that links the eastern tip of the island of Montreal, Quebec over the Rivière des Prairies to the Lanaudière region near the city of Charlemagne. The bridge is named after President of the Republic of France Charles de Gaulle who inspired the sovereignty movement in Quebec during the 1960s with his Vive le Québec libre speech in Montreal in 1967 the same year the bridge was built.

The bridge is part of Quebec Autoroute 40 and is only one of two bridge crossings from Montreal to the Repentigny/Charlemagne region with the other being the Pierre Le Gardeur Bridge on Notre-Dame Street. As being by far the fastest link to downtown Montreal, the road is often very congested during rush hours with traffic backing up as far as Repentigny in the morning with heavy congestion eastbound during the afternoon. The bridge is also part of the fastest travel link between Montreal and the cities of Trois-Rivières and Quebec City both located on the northern shores of the Saint Lawrence River.

The bridge has three lanes of traffic in each direction. The six-lane segment on A-40 eastbound continues until after the Quebec Autoroute 640 junction.

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