North Hatley, one of the most beautiful tourist villages in the Cantons-de-l’est, will be cut in half starting next Monday, because the bridge that crosses it will be demolished.
During the next five months, it will be impossible to cross the river Massawippi to this place by car. The bridge of the Main street allows you to average 3,000 vehicles per day to cross the river Massawippi. It can get up to 4000 during the beautiful summer days.
But at the age of 73, the infrastructure is at the end of its useful life and will be destroyed. During the first five months of the construction of the new bridge, vehicles will have to borrow the routes 108 and 143, is a detour of 20 km.
Fortunately for the vitality of the village, a bridge will allow pedestrians and cyclists to move from one bank to the other.
After the beginning of the year, catastrophic, merchants are preparing to go through another test. “As well do the work this year, told the Hostel owner of the Chocolate maker. And then, a small walk, it is well. I hope that the tourists will still come to see us.”
The municipality is said to have done everything possible to minimize impacts. “There will be signage to prevent motorists have the bad surprise made the bridge, has supported the mayor, Michael Page. Also, we have contacted Google Maps to the GPS and we made available the parking lot of the two sides of the shore.”
The workers have already arrived in the village to prepare the site, both on earth and on the water. They will be part of the landscape until the next year.