Montreal’s emblematic Sainte-Catherine Street is getting a major overhaul starting in 2018.
Sainte-Catherine Street is a true emblem of Montreal, and the largest stretch of shopping downtown. But challenges lie ahead for this Montreal treasure: starting next Monday (January 8), Montreal’s most crowded street is getting a major and much-needed facelift.
Stretches of the commercial artery will be closed through 2018 and beyond as workers install new sewers, sidewalks, lights, and some snazzy new features like free Wi-Fi. By the end of the project, Sainte-Catherine Street will have been completely transformed and modernized.
Here’s a quick look at everything you need to know ahead of this gigantic project:
The newly-renovated street will feature many modern amenities and improvements:
Wi-Fi: the new Sainte-Catherine will feature free public Wi-Fi.
Heated sidewalks: these were promised by the Coderre administration, but now Valérie Plante’s administration intends to review the idea. There is still some uncertainty around this.
Widened sidewalks: the new sidewalks will be 6.5 m wide, allowing for more pedestrian space.
Charging stations: electric vehicle charging stations will be installed.
Multi-usage potential: the wider sidewalks will be convertible depending on the required use – they can be used as parking OR as sidewalks. The redesigned street will be easy to convert to a pedestrian-only zone during the summer and for special events. The reduced speed limit will help provide a more bike-friendly environment.
Accessibility: the renovated street will be more accessible to people with reduced mobility, due to the removal of obstacles along the path of the new sidewalk.
Lights: energy efficient lighting will be installed.
Trees: more trees will be planted, and they will be younger and healthier than the current ones.
Most of the work is being done on Sainte-Catherine Street between Mansfield and De Bleury (work on another section will start in 2021, stretching West to Atwater).
From January to March, the street will be partly blocked between Mansfield and McGill College, and closed between Robert-Bourassa and Union, and between Aylmer and City Councillors. Robert-Bourassa and Place Phillips will be closed one block South of Sainte-Catherine.
Pedestrian access to businesses and underground access points will be maintained during the construction.
Phase 1: January to March 2018, as described above.
Phase 2: from March to April 2018, work will continue on the sewer line, East of Aylmer, all the way to De Bleury. Work will continue between Mansfield and McGill College.
Phase 3: from April to June 2018, work starts on the South portion of Sainte-Catherine, between Mansfield and Robert-Bourassa.
Phase 4: from June to August 2018, work moves from the South portion to the North of Sainte-Catherine, to complete the section between McGill College and Robert-Bourassa.
Subsequent work will begin in 2021 to modernize the stretch between Atwater and Mansfield.
The City of Montreal intends to spend about $130 million on the renovation project between Atwater and De Bleury.
In that budget, a $4.9 million sum has been set aside for a program called PRAM (Programme Réussir à Montréal) designed to support business activities during construction and assist businesses in renovations after construction is done.