New traffic lights mean traffic jams at Côte-Saint-Luc & Decarie
Motorists who travel around the Côte-Saint-Luc Road and Decarie Boulevard intersection may have noticed traffic has been gridlocked there for the past two weeks or so.
It all has to do with the pending work on the Turcot reconstruction project.
Some motorists have reported waits of three minutes at the traffic lights at the intersection.
EMSB spokesman Michael Cohen told CJAD 800 News that it took him 20 minutes to get from the office on Fielding to Decarie, which he says is normally a three minute drive.
Côte-Saint-Luc councillor Glenn Nashen, who's in charge of traffic for the city, said he's received a few complaints as well and they wrote to the borough of Côte-des-Neiges/NDG requesting they fix the problem right away.
Head of communications for the borough Michel Therrien said the problem is actually something that's supposed to help traffic: new traffic lights installed in view of the upcoming work on the Turcot to help deal with the anticipated traffic jams.
"We are monitoring the situation right now, we're trying to calibrate those lights to make sure the cars can go easily through that part of the road," Therrien said.
Compound that with the regular back-to-school and back-to-work traffic and that accounts for more gridlock than usual, but Therrien said they hope to find the right balance with the timing of the lights in the next couple of days, adding it's not an exact science.