The Victoria, Samuel-De Champlain and Jacques-Cartier bridges were temporarily closed Thursday due to falling ice, making driving on these three highways dangerous.

After a complete closure, traffic on the Samuel-De Champlain Bridge was partially reopened in the early afternoon. Motorists may travel at low speed during the ongoing icebreaking operation on the bridge structure.

On the Victoria Bridge, only one lane is available allowing traffic in both directions.

A lane was also closed on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge to allow de-icing of the structure.

On Twitter, the Minister of Transport, Geneviève Guilbault, indicated that “urgent icebreaking operations force the closure, complete or partial, of certain bridges in Quebec, in particular Samuel-De Champlain and Victoria in Montreal. We are in communication with the bridge managers. Priority: user safety.

The partial closures of three major links between Montreal and the South Shore are also complicating traffic already affected by weather conditions.

More details to come.