The city of Montreal has moved to ease some of the traffic congestion in NDG caused by roadwork.
It will put off planned sewer repairs on a stretch of Decarie Blvd. between Cote St. Luc Rd. and Queen Mary.
One of two lanes on Decarie Blvd. on the southbound side were due to be closed on June 15 for three months — coming on the heels of similar sewer work being done right now on Sherbrooke St. between Decarie Blvd. and Grey Ave.
Borough mayor Russell Copeman says they've decided to put off the work because NDG residents are already dealing with traffic nightmares as it is.
"NDGers are being subject to tremendous pressure in terms of roadwork currently, and projected forward."
At the moment, there's also work being done on two ramps on the Turcot Interchange, and on St. Jacques St., which is making getting around the area around the MUHC superhospital site difficult, and there's little relief in sight.
Last summer and fall, still more sewer repair work on De Maisonneuve Blvd. and Northcliffe Ave. left many motorists, residents, and merchants frustrated.
The sewer repairs are necessary, Copeman points out, because of recurring problems with flooding in the neighborhoods where the work is taking place.
"We fully understand the inconvenience it causes to both local merchants and people who are driving," Copeman says, "but the appeal I would make to people is...if you owned a home on Marlowe [Ave.], and your basement was being flooded every two or three years, you'd darn well like us to be doing that work, and that's exactly what we're doing."
A new date for the work on Decarie Blvd. has not yet been set.