Businesses west of Montreal destroyed by bridge work

Businesses west of Montreal destroyed by bridge work

A recent study found that the ongoing construction of the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge is having a devastating effect on businesses west of Montreal.

Traders in Vaudreuil-Dorion say they can no longer afford to lose money and customers.

“It’s hell,” said Linda Filion, owner of the EggsCrêpes restaurant. “It’s blocked everywhere. Everything is blocked.”

She says the breakfast and lunch crowds at her restaurant in Vaudreuil are not what they used to be.

Filion points out that traffic is a nightmare whether people take Highway 20, Highway 40 or smaller thoroughfares like Saint-Charles Avenue.

She says that due to the crowds she has lost many regular customers, including those who used to only come on weekends.

According to her, the traffic is caused by work on the bridge, which means fewer lanes are available, there are closures and delays.

Developpement Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the Chamber of Commerce of Vaudreuil Soulanges recently hired an agency to map the daily challenges that businesses face as a result of the disruptions.

Leger 360 surveyed approximately 400 local businesses in May.

“Eighty-three percent of all companies that participated in the survey are very concerned about their survival due to the situation on the Île-aux-Tourtes bridge,” said Mathieu Miljours, director of the Chamber of Commerce.

The survey also found that 90 percent of respondents believe the situation is having a negative impact on their business.

The organizations are demanding government action, including free passage on Highway 30, free public transportation in the area and improved communication about bridge closures and delays.

The Quebec Transport Ministry (MTQ) tells CTV News it is already providing extensive communication about the condition of the bridge as it requires regular maintenance.

It adds that its mission is road infrastructure and safety, not the local economy.