Renovation of the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine tunnel: hoteliers as reinforcements

Repair of the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine tunnel: hoteliers as reinforcements

and David Descôteaux MISE À DAY

Five days before the ordeal of the partial closure of the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine tunnel, nervous workers are turning to hotels near the factory for an emergency place to stay.

“We are offering a 15% discount for workers in Boucherville, near the tunnel,” says Danielle Girard, sales manager at Imperia Hôtel & Suites Boucherville, feeling the wave.

Last Tuesday, Le Journalmet her as she finished printing an advertisement aimed at attracting workers, who will soon be stuck in the traffic jams of the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine tunnel repair work.

“When the people are going to bump their noses into the traffic, it's going to come crashing down,” she warned.

While working from home may sometimes be the solution for some, factory workers will always have need to be on the floor to perform their tasks. They are the ones who will pay the highest price.

At the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the South Shore, it is clear that at midnight minus one, companies do not rule out any scenario. 

Secondary housing

“They are considering the option of having either a hotel or secondary accommodation to have their employees closer to their workplace,” says its director of communications, Corinne Demars.

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At Krops, in Boucherville, the workers who have to cross the bridge-tunnel every day fear the effects of the lane closures on their lives.

Repair of the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine tunnel: hoteliers as reinforcements< /p> Mohammed Hosni, forklift driver at Krops

“It's going to hurt. We have no choice, ”says Mohammed Hosni, forklift driver at Krops, in Boucherville, caught yesterday.

“I have a family in Montreal. I have to cross,” he sighs.

At Olymel, we have just obtained access to the Highway 30 bridge for trucks, even if this will skyrocket transportation costs.

“We bought transponders to go to Ontario” , illustrated its spokesperson Richard Vigneault.

For Samuel Colas, director of member relations and manufacturing projects at Manufacturiers & Quebec Exporters (MEQ), the pressure is mounting.

Anger and concern

“Right now, it's more anger and growls that we hear employers and employees,” he observes.

“We've heard from employers suggesting employees go to branches closer to home… But what we mostly hear is frustration and anger because of the lack of predictability,” he says.

At the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, we are worried.

“Companies close to the site are preparing. There are a lot of concerns,” concludes its Quebec vice-president, François Vincent.

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♦ Last Saturday, Le Journal told the story of Groupe Morneau, which is getting ready to minimize the impacts of closing the tunnel.

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