Olivier-Charbonneau Bridge

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Coordinates: 45°38′16″N 73°37′14″W / 45.63778°N 73.62056°W / 45.63778; -73.62056

Olivier Charbonneau Bridge
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The A25 Bridge connecting Montreal and Laval, Quebec.
Coordinates 45°38′16″N 73°37′14″W / 45.63778°N 73.62056°W / 45.63778; -73.62056
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
History
Opened 21 May 2011
Statistics
Daily traffic 36,400 (2013)[1]
Toll $1.80-$2.40 with transponder, add $5.00 with picture

The Olivier Charbonneau Bridge[2][3] is a toll bridge over the Rivière des Prairies,[4] between Laval's Duvernay district and Montreal's Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles borough. The long anticipated construction[4] began in early 2008, despite a last-ditch attempt by Greenpeace[5] 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 1990.

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.[1]

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