As public works construction continues to disrupt day-to-day life and cause major detours in Montreal, the frustration of city residents has been assauged only by the promise of gleaming new infrastructure at the end of this intense period of work.
The most visible sign of the city's infrastructure future has been the slowly-rising Champlain Bridge that will cross the Saint Lawrence River between the South Shore and Île-des-Sœurs.
The huge structure will one day become an architectural landmark. A new suspension tower over the river highway (where cargo ships pass) may one day become as iconic as its sister, the Cartier Bridge.
Unfortunately, however, Montrealers will have to wait a little bit longer for that moment.
According to the Journal de Montréal, officials now estimate that completion of the new bridge will be six months late.
The bridge was originally scheduled to open in December 2018.
Now cars may not be able to pass over the bridge until June 2019.
Perhaps the most aggravating consequence of this announcement are the impending months of even more detours, lane closures, and multiplied commute times.
This news will surprise absolutely no one. Montreal construction is infamous for its ambitious timelines and subsequent postponements.
Most seriously, the annoucement will only further degrade the public's trust in municipal and federal officials, who are overseeing the Champlain bridge project.
Residents of Montreal can expect the new CAQ majority provincial government to seize on this moment. CAQ officials will likely use this news to paint the federal Liberal government and former PLQ provincial government as inept.