As if things weren’t bad enough with the Turcot interchange being paralyzed every weekend and the apparent absence of any spring, the City of Montreal has revealed its construction plan for the summer of 2018… And they’re hectic to say the least!
The city is planning a record season for construction projects, with $1.2 billion in planned investments. Much of this money will be funneled into Montreal’s badly-leaking water system; the other big ticket item is road work, with over 450 km of roads slated for repair or reconstruction.
In a release, the city revealed its priorities for 2018:
- Rosemont reservoir: 40% increase in capacity
- Eastern looping: reducing the vulnerability in water supply
- Protecting the Atwater intake
- Work on retention basins: William, Rockfield and Lavigne
- Ozone disinfection plant
- Sainte-Catherine, between Bleury and Mansfield
- Saint-Hubert, between Bellechasse and Jean-Talon
- Pie-IX express bus lane between Pie-IX Bridge and Pierre-de-Coubertin (preparation work)
- Pell street, between Des Pins and Sherbrooke
- Laurentian and Lachapelle boulevards; work completion and new bicycle path installation
- Saint-André bicycle-exclusive street between Cherrier and Laurier
The good news is, so much of these projects are off the roads (namely, the water projects around Atwater and the ROsemont reservoir) that the impact on dirvers shouldn't be much worse than last year. PLUS, for the first time in recent years, Montreal will actually be spending MORE than the deterioration costs... So we'll actually be making progress for once!
For years, Montreal has been in "maintenance deficit" for its infrastructures, and we can't wait to see what happens when the city is actually proactive!