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Traffic difficult to predict in Old Montreal

Traffic difficult to predict in Old Montreal

A painful summer is to provide near Old Montreal because at least five major projects cause significant barriers to motorists and pedestrians.

Access to Old Montreal is already assigned. In recent weeks, the St. Paul Street is blocked to traffic.

An important section of the Saint-Denis Street, between Rene-Levesque and Viger, is about to be closed for a period of at least one month, from May to June, forcing motorists to take detours.

Pedestrians will not be spared because the tunnel connecting the metro station Champ de Mars and Old Montreal will be closed in a few weeks until 2017.

Traders of Old Montreal apprehend the impact on their clients.

"It is always worrying, even if we all agree to do the work, we do not want to lose customers," said Jean-Marc Lavoie, restaurant manager Jardin Nelson.

In addition to the construction site on St. Paul this summer, preparatory work for moving the terraces in the center of Place Jacques-Cartier are planned for the fall.

"It may spoil a part of our season, said Mr. Lavoie. We see what is happening elsewhere, for example on Saint-Denis, and is feared to have our turnovers down. "

In the city, it is assumed that it will be one of the most difficult summers in Old Montreal. "Everyone agrees with the magnitude of the sites, it'll be the hottest sector of the summer," said Lionel Perez, responsible for infrastructure to the executive committee of the City of Montreal.

The lack of investment in recent decades strength Montreal has double the rate, he said. "The state of the road is not at an acceptable level, has he said. We know it would be very demanding for road users and pedestrians, but will make sure to minimize the inconvenience. "

The City provides several measures to limit the impacts will be implemented this summer. She works with the Business Development Corporation (SDC) Old Montreal to find ways to ensure the vitality of businesses during construction.

Mario Lafrance, director of the CDC, is convinced that with the buildup of certain projects, the City will ensure that "it does not look like a war field."

"It was a difficult year, but we know it is to highlight Old Montreal, in 2017, to celebrate the 375th anniversary of Montreal," said Mr. Lafrance.ENCADRÉ 1Stationnement: valets to forget sites

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For $ 19.50, drivers may take their car to a valet who will find them a parking space.

"The goal is that the projects do not harm traders and given that traffic will be difficult, we will have a loading zone where drivers leave the car until the end of their visit," said Mario Lafrance , CEO of SDC Old Montreal.

The landing zone will be located on Notre-Dame Street, near Place Jacques-Cartier. A coupon will be offered to customers who visit the shops and restaurants directly affected by the works of Saint-Denis.

"The amount of compensation to be defined, but the goal is really to get people to visit these shops, otherwise people will still be able to avail of the service, but at a fixed price," said Mr. Lafrance.

Nothing too early to say whether this service could cause blockages on Notre Dame. "This is a project that was never done elsewhere, so it is difficult to predict the impact and excitement, but if necessary there will be adjustments," added Mr. Lafrance.

St. Paul Street

- Between Place Jacques-Cartier and Bonsecours

- Closed to traffic, landscaped pedestrian corridor

- Street reconfiguration work and replacement of water and sewer pipes

- From March 7 to November 27, 2016


- Between Viger and René-Levesque

- Closed to traffic, landscaped pedestrian corridor

- Infrastructure work for the arrival of the new CHUM

- From May to June 2016

Viger Square

- Quadrilateral between Berri and St. Denis, Viger St. Antoine

- Closed the construction period

- Fencing to demolition and site reconfiguration

- From April 2016 to spring 2017

pedestrian subway tunnel Champs de Mars

- Works for the installation of a slab for the recovery of the Ville-Marie

- Closed to pedestrians

- From spring 2016 to spring 2017Place Vauquelin

- Site reconfiguration work

- Corridors will be built on each side of the site to allow tourists to cross the place

- Closed from April to December 2016

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