NDG’s traffic woes to continue for years to come

By P.A. Sévigny

Following yet another McGill University Hospital Centre community information session that was held in St. Raymond’s Center, residents learned that they will be forced to put up with at least two to three more years of daily traffic woes before they can expect their neighborhood’s streets to return to normal.

“We know that it’s going to be difficult,” said assistant Transport Quebec director Martin Giroux. “But I believe people will get used to the situation.”
As far as the neighborhood’s local residents are concerned, that situation means that most of them should get used to taking the bus, the metro or their bicycle to and from work, if they want to get back home in time for dinner.

While residents already knew that they could expect at least another two years of traffic havoc because of Transport Quebec’s plan to demolish and replace St. Jacques’ concrete overpass, many were surprised to hear that the road would be closed for 27 months, because the Transport Quebec’s plans now call for a massive new sewage diversion project that must be over and done with before work can begin to replace the overpass.
The borough’s east-west axis is expected to be cut for the entire three-year period and its north-south axis is in for a rough time because the diversion work will require the immediate closure of two access ramps off the Décarie expressway.
As of last weekend, both the westbound Décarie expressway entrance from Highway 20 as well as the southbound Highway 15 access ramp toward the Champlain Bridge will be closed to accommodate the sewage diversion project. 

To Transport Quebec’s credit, Giroux did outline plans to mitigate traffic congestion.
Many are already in place and the city also plans to open a new right-turn lane on eastbound Côte St. Luc Road, to facilitate access the southbound Décarie entrance ramp.
In addition, Transport Quebec plans to reopen the southbound Décarie exit ramp to improve traffic flow along Maisonneuve to improve access to the new hospital.
The city’s transit authority also plans to open a new bus lane for the 90 and 104 bus routes that run along what will be an increasingly congested Upper Lachine Road.

“It would have been nice had they started all of this work two to three years ago, when they were still building the new hospital,” said Councillor Peter McQueen. “Now it’s going to get complicated, because the hospital is going to be opened next month and we still have three more years to go before traffic gets back to normal.” 

As westbound traffic is already being diverted along the Décarie service road toward Upper Lachine Road, residents told The Suburban that they are worried about all the impending flood of traffic through their hitherto quiet neighborhood.

“We saw this coming years ago,” said McQueen. “Now it’s here and we’ve got to deal with it.”
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