Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue exit fix on the horizon
Traffic relief is on the way for the thousands of motorists who travel around the closed overpasses at exit 41 in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.
City council and Transport Quebec have reached a deal to build a ground-level T-style intersection with traffic lights at Exit 41 off westbound Highway 40.
Work should start next June and if things go according to schedule, motorists will once again be able to use that exit by the end of next year.
That's welcome news for Notre Dame de l'ile Perrot resident Greg Duncan.
"I avoided the whole thing, going past the exit and doing the roundabout scenario under the highway and coming back for awhile and I would take alternate routes, whether that would be coming down from the 40 off of Boulevard St. Charles in Kirkland or others," Duncan told CJAD 800 News.
"It has been a major inconvenience but like everything else, you adjust."
The project should cost about $1.5-million dollars. But the cost of demolition isn't included. The city's share should be about $400,000. The province would kick in most of the cost, just over 70% of it.
Councillor Paola Hawa said it's a mixed blessing, believing it would have been cheaper just to repair the overpasses.
"So whereas three years ago we would have been looking at a bill of about $100,000, today we're looking at a bill easily of $1.5-million," Hawa said.
A roundabout had been discussed but was rejected because it was too costly.
Photo: CJAD 800 News