Another study on Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue closed overpasses

Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue overpasses have been closed since March 2011

The town of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue has ordered yet another study on the closed overpasses at exit 41off westbound Highway 40.

This despite the fact that the city and Transport Quebec have already reached a deal to build a ground-level T-style intersection with traffic lights.

Mayor Paola Hawa said that at the time they decided to go the route of demolishing the overpasses and building the T-style intersection, they shelved the option of repairing them.

But now, Hawa said, they want to know if that was the right thing to do, thus the new study. She said even if they do change their minds and go for repairs instead, they'll at least have explored all angles and costs, and get the best bang for their buck.

"It is just a smart and responsible way to ensure that whatever decision we do take has taken into consideration every single option, every single factor, every single criteria," Hawa told CJAD 800 News.

Council has approved spending up to $10,000 for the study which should be ready in a few months.

"We're going to compare apples with apples, we're going to weigh each criteria," Hawa said.

"What is the long-term maintenance on a T-intersection versus an overpass? What is the cost today to either build the T-intersection and/or repair the overpass? What is the effect on traffic?"

Hawa insisted this will not mean any delays because the T-intersection plans are still underway. The overpasses were closed more than two years ago and the town had hoped construction of the T-intersection would mean reopening the exit by the end of next year.

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