11 Major Montreal Road Closures That Will Paralyze Montreal All Summer Long
It's funny (in a laughably miserable kind of way) that Montreal can at once be so beautiful and a living nightmare of detours and messy construction projects.
As the first day of summer dawns (!!!) we can look forward to months of festivals and cacophonous road work.
Road closures will affect revelers and commuters alike. Any road closure leads to increased congestion everywhere. So when these ten roads are closed at the same time, we can expect more traffic, more accidents, and more crowded metro cars, not to mention extreme detours:
Work has already begun to transform the commercial street into a pedestrian and festival-friendly zone. Closures will be intermittent for the next few years.
Until: your guess is as good as mine...and the city's
Work over the last two years on the wide avenue was hellish. Similar work will begin this summer between Jean-Talon and Rue Jarry.
The northbound portion of the bridge, from the South Shore to Montreal, will be closed until the end of summer. That's really bad news for commuters. The next closest bridge is the Champlain, 32 kilometers away.
Work will continue on the now-infamous project. Highway 15 northbound will remain at a single lane and the connection between Highway 20 and downtown will be closed.
Chemin de la Côte-Saint-Luc
The popular throroughfare will be reduced to one lane through the autumn.
Work continues around the aging bridge to make room for the new bridge of the same name just to the east. The bridge is already notoriously congested, intermittent delays to allow for equipment transfers will only exacerbate the problem. Hopefully, the new, wider bridge will make it all worth it.
Until: either December 2018 or April 2019, officials can't seem to decide
The street will be severely narrowed between Rue Frontenac and Rue Bourbonniere.
The expressway will be severely narrowed to make room for maintenence work.
Ave. Van Horne
Ave. Van Horne is a popular route for commuters cutting across the city. It will be completely closed for the summer.
Until: summer 2020
Work continues to hamper commutes on the Île-aux-Toutres Bridge. According to the source, officials are planning to rebuild the bridge, but won't disclose exactly when or how that would take place.
From: the story of the beginning of construction comes to us from ancient tales
Until: the end of time
Southbound between Highway 40 and Rue Sherbrooke, and the northbound Rue Sherbrooke on-ramp will be closed for much of the summer. The expressway will be narrowed to two lanes.