Montreal Roads Are Going To Be Paralyzed For St. Jean Baptiste Weekend
Plan ahead, guys!
Happy summer, and a happy long weekend to all you lovelies in Montreal!
It's Friday morning, the birds are chirping, the sun is shining - and we're hours away from ending the week and heading into one of Quebec's biggest holiday weekends for St. Jean Baptiste Day!
Montreal is going to be party central this weekend. No matter what you end up doing, we're all in for a great weekend. Just remember my drinking friends, SAQ could go on aso grab your booze tonight if you can!
The long weekend also means more weekend only road closures will be seen across the city as we are deep in the middle of Montreal's longest season of the year - construction.
Here are all the major road closures and new additions to expect this weekend:
The ramp from Highway 20 East to Highway 15 North (Décarie Expressway) will be closed from Friday at 11:59 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m.
The ramp from the Highway 720 West and Route 136 West (Ville-Marie Expressway) to Highway 15 North (Décarie Expressway) will be closed from Friday at 11:59 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m.
Highway 40 West will be closed between Exit 60 and Exit 61 from Friday at 11:59 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m.
The service road along Highway 40 East will be closed between the exit for Highway 13 South and the entrance of Highway 13 North from Friday at 11:59 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m.
Honoré Mercier Bridge down to one lane until Aug. 20:
Northbound and southbound routes on the Honoré Mercier Bridge will be reduced to one lane starting Friday at 10 p.m. The lanes will reopen two months later on Aug. 20 at 5 a.m.
Highway 10 West to downtown Montreal will be closed between Exit 2 (Pierre-Dupuy Ave.) and Exit 3 from Friday at 11:59 p.m. until Tuesday at 5:00 a.m.
Between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, the northbound lanes of Route 117 will be closed for 26km between the town of Mont-Tremblant and Labelle because of the Ironman Triathlon. Traffic will circulate in opposite directions — one lane each way — on the southbound lanes.
There you have it! These road closures in Montreal will definitely throw a wrench into your plans if you don't pay attention to them! As of this weekend, Montreal also begins what is known as the "most dangerous 75 days" on the roads.
CAA Quebec says the 75 deadliest days on the roads is the period from now until the Labour Day weekend. About 100 people die in accidents every summer, which amounts to 27% of fatal accidents occurring during 20% of the year.
The CAA report says the most common causes of accidents are "distractions, speed, and fatigue at the wheel" followed by alcohol use. Combine all that with getting stuck at a road closure and we're in for quite the conundrum!
Be smart, and be careful out there - or, do it like the city folks do and just take a metro. Or get a BIXI!