Galipeault Bridge, QC

Location

Montreal, QC, Canada

Installation

Temporary

Type

Reversible Counterflow

About this project

In 2009, the Quebec Ministry of Transportation embarked on the reconstruction of the southern structure of the Galipeault Bridge on Highway 20, between Île-Perrot and Montreal. As the structure was demolished, all eastbound traffic was redirected to the northern structure where a reversible lane was put into place using a movable barrier which allowed optimal use of the available 3 lanes for the duration of the project. Lane configuration was changed twice a day, 5 days a week. All lane closing and opening operations were conducted safely with the push of a button using a series of Automated Warning Signs (SwiftSign) and Automated Warning Gates (SwiftGate).

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Challenge

  • Project requires important daily traffic operations for a 2 years period which can translate to high traffic control costs and time consuming operations
  • Long periods of winter conditions
  • Need reliable and robust temporary solution

Solution

Versilis worked hand in hand with the Quebec Ministry of Transportation, the design engineers and the contractor to install a solar powered automated lane closure solution at both ends of the movable barrier. A total of 14 automated warning signs (SwitfSign) and 12 automated gates (SwiftGate) were installed. All lane closing and opening operations were conducted in safety with the push of a button using the SwiftGat system. The automation eliminated the need to have workers deploying and dismantling traffic signs and drums in live lanes. A step forward in highway safety and a lower cost solution.

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Benefits

  • Increased daily traffic operations efficiency
  • Increased lane closure visibility and motorist safety
  • Reduced highway worker exposure to live traffic
  • Overall reduced project traffic control costs
  • Quick install and easy relocations of product as project progressed

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