Mon­treal traf­fic woes far from over

Montreal Times - - News - By Bon­nie Wurst mtl­times.ca

Although the New Cham­plain Bridge is sched­uled to open soon, road and in­fra­struc­ture work are far from over and traf­fic con­ges­tion will still cause some ma­jor headaches. In fact, there will be at least an­other 4 to 5+ years un­til the cones re­ally start to dis­ap­pear. Roads, ramps, bridges, tun­nels and un­der­ground in­fra­struc­ture in and around the Mon­treal area have been in dire need of re­pair and in some cases, even re­place­ment. So hang on to your steer­ing wheels and try not to lose your 'grip' in frus­tra­tion.

Here are some of the projects to look out for and their pro­jected com­ple­tion dates:

TURCOT IN­TER­CHANGE: 2020

When the New Cham­plain Bridge is of­fi­cially opened by the end of this year, or early next year, it will in­deed ease some traf­fic woes, but around the Turcot In­ter­change there are still tem­po­rary ramps and and struc­tures need­ing to be taken down. Trans­port Que­bec said driv­ers will be able to use many of the new struc­tures but can ex­pect ma­jor clo­sures every week­end un­til the end of this year and into 2019. And then there are two ad­di­tional projects sched­uled that will af­fect traf­fic to a de­gree: A bike and pedes­trian bridge over Hwy 20 that will link NDG to the South­west Bor­ough, and a new na­ture park be­ing built on part of the Turcot Yards and the old Hwy 20 area.

LAFON­TAINE TUN­NEL: 2023

The Lafon­taine Tun­nel that con­nects the Mon­treal with Longueuil on the South Shore is sched­uled for a ma­jor re­build be­gin­ning in 2020 and although it will re­main open to cars, con­crete slabs lo­cated on HWY 25 on the Mon­treal side of the tun­nel need to be re­placed and on the South side, a third lane for ve­hicules will be added.The work is ex­pected to have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact and traf­fic con­trol mea­sures will put in place.

L’ÎLE-AUX-TOURTES BRIDGE: ON­GO­ING

Road and bridge work have been on­go­ing for over a year now and be­hind sched­ule - but Trans­ports Québec ex­plained that the com­plex task of plac­ing hun­dreds of cus­tom made steel beams un­der the bridge is the main rea­son for the de­lay - but the struc­tural main­te­nance on the bridge is ex­pected to be be fin­ished by the end of the sum­mer.And then… af­ter 53 years since it was built, the bridge is sched­uled to be re­placed.The project is still un­der study and the of­fi­cial start date is not yet known - and re­pairs and main­te­nance work con­tinue on the present struc­ture un­til the new bridge is built.

REM ELEC­TRIC TRAIN: 2018 - 2023

The build­ing of the REM elec­tric train net­work has al­ready caused headaches for many and will not only con­tinue, but in­ten­sify.The ef­fects will be felt by com­muters and driv­ers, es­pe­cially those in the WEST IS­LAND, DOWN­TOWN and SOUTH SHORE. Un­der­ground tun­nels have to be built and we have al­ready seen the Vin­cent D’Indy Ave. en­trance of the Édouard-Mont­petit metro sta­tion closed and it will re­main so un­til 2022.Work on the REM will also ef­fect parts of McGill Col­lege Ave. and you can ex­pect more clo­sures and de­tours as the work pro­gresses.

MÉTRO BLUE LINE EX­TEN­SION: 2020 2026

This project was a long time com­ing un­til it was fi­nally ap­proved. Work has not yet be­gun, but the Blue Line will add five new sta­tions to Mon­treal's Metro sys­tem, ex­tend­ing east­ward and is ex­pected to be opened in 2026.

STE-CATHER­INE STREET: 2019 - 2022

Although the first phase of the re­vamp­ing of Ste Cather­ine St. was de­layed in or­der to of­fer mer­chants some re­lief dur­ing their peak sea­son - the work is still sched­uled to start in 2019.

*OTHER PROJECTS TO KEEP IN SIGHT: - METROPOLI­TAN EX­PRESS­WAY/DECARIE CIR­CLE:

Start Date Not Yet Known

The Ex­press­way is in se­ri­ous need of re­pair. At least 10 of the On and Off-ramps are in bad shape and re­quire ma­jor re­pairs and some mi­nor work is needed on thir­ty­one oth­ers. There are even stud­ies go­ing on to re­place it. Trans­port Que­bec also has plans to re­build the DECARIE CIR­CLE, but that is in the long-term. For now, only main­te­nance and re­pairs are go­ing to be made to the struc­ture. Dis­rup­tions should be held to a min­i­mum as some of the work will take place un­der the el­e­vated part of the cir­cle. - NOTRE-DAME ST. EAST: Plans are in the mak­ing for ma­jor road­work start­ing in 2022.

- ST-PIERRE IN­TER­CHANGE: Start Date Not Yet Known. At over 50 years old, the in­ter­change is in se­ri­ous need of re­place­ment. Stud­ies are be­ing done. **The list can go on and on, but look out for on­go­ing road­work work be­tween Jean-Talon and Jarry Streets on ST-DE­NIS un­til De­cem­ber of 2020.As well as work on VAN HORNE AVE. on the west­bound side be­tween Decarie Blvd and Vic­to­ria Ave. un­til 2020 and the DORVAL CIR­CLE In­ter­change project should be fully com­pleted by the end of 2019 due to more road work around the air­port. It ain't over 'til it's over…

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