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Highway 20 closure in Drummondville

The precautionary closure of Highway 20 forced motorists to take a detour to Drummondville in Center-du-Québec on Saturday.

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“# A20 preemptively closed indefinitely in both directions near Foucault Boulevard (km 181), in Drummondville. A detour through routes 122 and 143, “said Transport Québec in a tweet published early Saturday afternoon.

While work was underway on Highway 20 that was not the responsibility of the Department of Transportation (MTQ), workers noticed three chimneys that caused a decline in the same sector. The first is in the middle, while the other two are on each side of the road, behind the curb, said Roxanne Pellerin, an MTQ spokeswoman.

MTQ teams are in place to perform the necessary verifications. A team specializing in geotechnics will come to the site to inspect the road and make recommendations.

“This deadline is indefinite. We do not know the nature of the work, so we cannot determine their schedule, “Ms Pellerin explained.

This is not the first time that the users of Highway 20 have been bothered by an extraordinary closure. The anomalies observed at the Rang Saint-Édouard viaduct in Saint-Hyacinthe caused an emergency closure in October 2018.