Sainte-anne-de-bellevue soon ready for tourists
Four year project nearing completion
ASainte-Anne-de-Bellevue’s downtown core may soon resemble the picturesque waterfront draw it used to be, and less like the sweeping deconstructed construction zone it has been for the past four years.
huge $13 million project that saw the Town replace the sewer and water distribution system under a primary downtown thoroughfare is scheduled for completion on June 22, says Martin Bonhomme, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue General Director.
“There is still some work to be done, but all of the critical work for tourists, our outdoor market and the festival season will be done by then,” Bonhomme said during a recent interview.
The four-phase project that has been ongoing for the past four years has cost close to $13 million to complete.
Phase one included work between Lalonde and Saint-Pierre Streets. Phase two saw work completed on Saint-Pierre and Saint-Jean-Baptiste, while phase three concentrated between Saint-Jean-Baptiste and du Collège. The final phase included working between du Collège and de l’Église.
The project included replacing sewer, storm water and potable water distribu- tion pipes in the targeted areas, as well as the burying of overhead cables, landscaping and final approval of all work.
Some trouble spots
At one point, in April, work was suspended when contaminated soil from former gas station was discovered. The contamination was later found to be very slight after it was analyzed, however, and work resumed.
No one will celebrate the completion of the enormous project more than SainteAnne merchants, restaurant owners and those who make a living attending a weekly farmer’s market. Many have seen business slow to a crawl as much of SainteAnne Street was dug up. The work meant access to many stores and businesses was reduced or completely blocked. As a result, some stores reduced their hours or closed down during some of the work.
The Town is now in the final phase of the infrastructure work that also included installing underground telephone lines and electric cables, and redoing sidewalks. Lazare Flying Club.
The day is one of the nonprofit group’s most popular annual fundraisers.
Once it is all done, downtown SainteAnne-de-Bellevue promises to be a modern and updated version of its former splendor.
Some more visible updates will include a new public washroom that will be situated near the entrance to the boardwalk, wider sidewalks and more space for pedestrians. A few changes mean there will be more room on the boardwalk for town events, while a sidewalk in front of city hall will feature markers delineating pedestrian and street areas. The posts will be removed during festivals and celebrations.
Merchants say that while the Town and construction company have done a good job of keeping them updated during the years of ongoing work, they hope the customers will come back to the downtown core once all the work is completed later this month.
The Town and a merchants association are expected to host celebration events later this summer, or in the fall.
The annual Fly-In Breakfast was held Sunday at
Cooper Aviation in Saint-Lazare.
To access many stores, customers had to use rear entrances or traverse plywood walkways.
Much of the work
involved cutting into the street to replace outdated sewer and water