Traffic headaches discussed at MUHC superhospital public meeting
Residents in the NDG neighbourhood of St. Raymond voiced their concerns over the proposed closure of Upper Lachine Road at the MUHC public information meeing last night.
The annual meetings update merchnats and residents about progress at the MUHC construction site in NDG and give them an opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns.
St. Raymond resident Fernado Lepore says his tennants on Upper Lachine have told him their leaving because the traffic sitiation is terrible and will get worse when Upper Lachine is closed from Decarie Blvd. to Girouard starting August next year.
"With the traffic it's going to be (terrible) for at least another three to four years," said Lepore.
"The residents of St. Raymond are very concerned about the closing of Upper Lachine," said NDG opposition councillor Peter McQueen.
McQueen says the road is a main access point for residents in St. Raymond, Lachine and Ville St-Pierre.
The city says the time for consultation on this issue is over, the road must be closed to complete the necessary work in the surrounding area. This includes re-working the intersection of de Maisonneuve and Decaire Blvd. and adding a bike path to Decarie Blvd that will help connect the Southwest Borough with NDG.
Bus service on Upper Lachine will be re-routed to St. Jacques.
OTHER ROAD CLOSURES
The Quebec Ministry of Transportation also annouced other road closures around the MUHC Glen Yards site and the Turcot interchange.
Starting in the Fall of 2013 St. Jacques will be closed from St. Remi to Addington to re-build the Decarie overpass. The westbound St. Jacques exit from the 720 will be closed as will as the east bound entrance onto the highway.
The Turcot will also see major closures starting in the summer of 2013. The first phase of these closures will be the ramps for the 15 south to 20 west and 20 east. The second phase will see the 15 north to the 720 east and 20 west closed.
NDG residents like Sharon Sweeney are concerned that the closures will lead to unbearable congestion in the surrounding arteries.
"What concerns me is the access to the 720 because everybody is going to be taking Sherbrooke," said Sweeney.
"We do our best to manage traffic with the least impact possible," said Alain-Marc Dubé Turcot interchange project manager for the Quebec Ministry of Transport.
Dubé says between the road work around the hospital and the reconstruction of the Turcot interchage road closures are unavoidable.
Construction at the MUHC Glen Yard site is set to be completed in the Fall of 2014 and the Turcot reconstruction is set to be completed by 2018.