LaSalle Driv­ers fac­ing traf­fic night­mare

Montreal Times - - Front Page -

LaSalle driv­ers, busi­nesses and cit­i­zens are hop­ing to avert what can best be de­scribed as a 'traf­fic night­mare'. It all be­gins next Mon­day De­cem­ber 10th, when the exit to Blvd. de la Verendrye will be closed un­til the end of 2019, due to work on the Tur­cot In­ter­change that will see traf­fic on Hwy15 south­bound just be­low the Tur­cot, rerouted onto the north­bound struc­ture.

Then start­ing in mid-Jan­uary, adding to the traf­fic woes, Trans­port QC will be de­mol­ish­ing part of the An­grignon over­pass - and ac­cess to An­grignon Boule­vard via high­way 20 and Notre-Dame Street will be re­duced to only one lane in each di­rec­tion, with cars al­ter­nat­ing in one di­rec­tion at a time. One of the only real op­tions would be to use Hwy 138, but that high­way is also used by driv­ers to ac­cess the Mercier Bridge and it al­ready has a high vol­ume of traf­fic and con­ges­tion at the best of times.

The clo­sures will cer­tainly have an im­pact on the bor­ough and also for those who travel to LaSalle for work and other rea­sons. Bor­ough Mayor Manon Barbe is ap­peal­ing to Trans­port Que­bec to re­con­sider its time­line for the projects, sug­gest­ing they not do both projects si­mul­ta­ne­ously in or­der to limit the im­pact it will have on LaSalle - es­pe­cially on busi­ness that could po­ten­tially lose mil­lions of dol­lars dur­ing that time. She also cited con­cerns about ac­cess to the bor­ough for emer­gency ve­hicules and how the snow dump lo­cated in LaSalle, not far from the in­ter­sec­tion, would be af­fected.As for ev­ery­day com­muters, they can ex­pect at least a half hour de­lay to and from the bor­ough.

An­grignon Ae­rial Pic­ture

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