Getting to the Champlain Bridge will be extremely difficult this weekend.
Access to the span from the Eastbound 20, Southbound Decarie and the 720 West will all be closed to traffic as of Midnight Friday.
A number of exits will be off limits as well.
And, just to add a little intrigue to the mix, a labour dispute with the Province’s Road Engineers could lead to some massive traffic headaches.
As the Provincial Government applies pressure for the engineers to resume contract talks, a labour tribunal ruled that the inspection of highways and bridges isn’t an essential service.
What all that means, is that while those inspections usually took place at night, when there is very little disruption due to a stretch of road being closed, now the engineers can refuse to work the overtime forcing the work to be done during the day.
Carrying out inspections during the day would no doubt lead to huge traffic backlogs.
The engineers haven’t had a contract for two years and the Couillard Liberals