The new MUHC: traffic hell?

Posted By: Claude Beaulieu · 12/6/2012 1:15:00 PM

The borough of Cote des Neiges-NDG has unveiled plans for the redevelopment of the intersection of De Maisonneuve and Decarie Boulevard, near the future new MUHC hospital.

It has come up with what it believes is a win-win solution to potential traffic problems that might arise from the presence of a superhospital at the old Glen Yard. 

The challenge is to turn the existing 5-way intersection at DeMaisonneuve, Decarie and Upper Lachine Road into a standard four-way intersection, without bringing alot of new traffic to the area's residential streets.

The city plans to do it, essentially, by blocking off access to Upper Lachine Road and making room for wider sidewalks, a widening of des Maisonneuve, and a cylicist and pedestrian corridor.

But the local Projet Montreal councillor, Peter McQueen says the project will bring traffic hell, by closing off Upper Lachine road at the same time as Transport Quebec closes St-Jacques for a two to three-year period.

Work on the new deMaisonneuve-Decarie intersection is set to begin next spring.

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