The Plaza St. Hubert is trying out a new traffic plan that has removed some parking spaces and reduced traffic to one lane on the main street. It's in the run-up to planned roadwork merchants in the shopping plaza are hoping won't mean more construction chaos.
Mike Parente of the merchants' association said work on the roads and water pipes along St. Hubert is set to begin next year.
"What we've asked the city, it's very nice that you want to do what's underground, but what's above it is important as well," Parente told CJAD 800 News.
So they've started a pilot project that reduces St. Hubert down to one lane between Bellechasse and Jean Talon, creating over 120 parking spaces where you can park for free for 15 minutes.
"Many of the problems we have is double parking, speed on the street," Parente said.
Pedestrian crossings and rest areas have also been fixed up. They're also discussing how to spruce up the aging steel and glass awning. Parente said the pilot project will enable them to see what can become permanent fixtures once the roadwork is over so they don't have to dig and redig, referring to roadwork mishaps on St. Laurent Boulevard and Parc Avenue.
"You want to reduce the negative impact that it will have on the merchants as much as possible," Parente said, adding they are also taking into account residents and shoppers.
"We have to make it so that when they do come, they feel welcome and that they want to keep coming back even though there's a couple of big trucks in the street that are working on the infrastructure just to improve the street," Parente said.
"Once it's done, you're not moving that for the next 30, 40, 50 years."