As of Monday, the Ville-Marie Expressway eastbound ramp and the Highway 20 westbound ramp, off Highway 15 north, will be closed until June for repair work.
Transport Quebec is suggesting motorists continue on Highway 15 north, exit at Côte-St-Luc road and then swing back around to take the 15 southbound, to reach the Ville-Marie and the 20.
But the reconfiguration of the Décarie, Côte-St-Luc intersection, to accommodate the detour, is causing a traffic nightmare for NDG residents.
“They are so concerned about the exit that they’re not even considering all the people from NDG that have to come here, it’s the only way out of the city,” an NDG resident, whose commute is now 45 minutes longer, told CJAD.
CJAD traffic expert Rick Letner says there are other alternative routes that Transport Quebec is not talking about.
“Get off at the Atwater exit, go up Atwater and get on the Ville-Marie Westbound, then you can access the 20 Westbound, or go along St-Patrick to Monk and get Highway 20 at Notre-Dame.”
Sherbrooke St. between Décarie and Northcliffe will also be closed for the next six weeks, as the city completes sewage work. One lane remains open westbound.
Motorists can use Côte-St-Luc, Upper-Lachine and St.Jacques as alternative routes.
“NDG is concerned at the way this has occurred, in terms of the lack of concertation with MTQ, from the city of Montreal’s part, we’ve tried to mitigate the impact,” City Councillor Lionel Perez said.
Transport Quebec spokesperson Mario St-Pierre said the situation would get better over time.
“There will be adjustments, then things will settle down and it will be easier.”