Get ready to roll on Highway 30
The new Highway 30 is set to open tomorrow. The $1.5-billion beltway on the South Shore is supposed to help ease traffic on the 20 and the 40. The official inauguration takes place Monday.
"This is long in coming," said CJAD traffic expert and Transport Quebec consultant Rick Leckner. He said they've been talking about this when he was traffic reporting over 30 years ago, when there were fewer cars on the road and less roadwork.
"The numbers are questionable at this point but I think it's safe to say several thousand trucks a day will at least have the option of avoiding the island entirely," Leckner said.
But don't expect traffic to get lighter all of a sudden on the 20 and the 40.
"I think it will take awhile for trucks to get used to this and I don't think the impact will be instantaneous," Leckner said.
But he added the timing is good to help alleviate traffic what with the pending work on the Decarie, the Turcot and the new bridge to replace the Champlain.
"You know, when you add all these things together, I think this is a huge plus for the Montreal island."
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