Build link to solve Ste-anne traffic woes
Re.: “Do you still doubt we have no political clout?” Brenda O’Farrell’s blog at westislandgazette.com, April 10.
When I saw the teaser line on the front page of the West Island Gazette about how “we now have a monument to how cloutless we are,” my first guess was the abandoned Ste-Anne’s overpasses. Sadly, I was right.
Ultimately, the Sortie 41 “BARRÉE” sign speaks volumes about where the negotiations between Ste-Anne-deBellevue and the ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) now stand: A true impasse!
As recently as April 9, The Gazette’s Albert Kramberger reported from the last Ste-Anne council meeting that not much has changed. According to the town’s mayor, Francis Deroo, “What we are trying to do is negotiate with the MTQ to find a solution for that (T interchange). I always said Ste-Anne shouldn’t pay for that overpass at that intersection.”
So perhaps the time has come for the MTQ to seriously consider a highspeed link from highways 40 to 20 across the Macdonald College farmland, which would completely bypass Boul. des Anciens Combattants and its multiple traffic lights, which already impede the flow of highway-to-highway traffic.
Building such a link would at the same time make paying for the work entirely the MTQ’s responsibility and get it out of the stalemate with SteAnne’s town representatives.