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.
To Transport Quebec’s credit, Giroux did outline plans to mitigate traffic congestion.
“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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