A large section of Autoroute 40 East in Montreal is set to close for the whole weekend.
In a press release, Transports Québec said that repair work on the pavement necessitates the complete closure of A-40 Est between exit 71 to boulevard Saint-Laurent / rue Saint-Denis and the entrance from boulevard Saint-Michel.
The Montreal route starts on rue Sherbrooke (at the corner of boulevard Pie IX), goes east then left on boulevard Viau, left on boulevard Rosemont, left on avenue Bourbonnière, and ends back on rue Sherbrooke. Watch out for heavy traffic.
Le Boulevard's Facebook announcement said that its merchants — which include Dollarama, Canadian Tire and Urban Planet — will be liquidating merchandise until its closure. So keep an eye out for upcoming sales.
"Until the Center closes for good, we invite you to come and take advantage of the closing sales of our merchants, who will gradually leave us in the coming months," the post reads.
The comments section beneath the Facebook announcement is full of nostalgic customers expressing their sadness.
Plante said the City made a call to local business development associations (sociétés de développement commercial) for the pedestrianization projects this year.
"The boroughs saw last year’s numbers that showed that despite some failures [...] it was very profitable for shop owners [...] and for restaurants and bars, it was a way for them to make money," she said.
The mayor listed the 13 streets to be pedestrianized as follows:
avenue du Mont-Royal between boulevard Saint-Laurent and rue Fullum
avenue Duluth on weekends between boulevard Saint-Laurent and rue Saint-Denis
boulevard Saint-Laurent from rue Sherbrooke to avenue du Mont-Royal with one lane for traffic
rue Ontario between rue Nicolet and boulevard Pie IX
rue Bernard with three different sections of pedestrian strips
Place du Marché-du-Nord (Jean-Talon Market)
rue Masson from 2e avenue to boulevard Saint-Michel
rue Wellington from 6e avenue to rue Regina
rue de Castelnau from rue Saint-Denis to avenue de Gaspé
rue Saint-Denis (Quartier Latin) from rue Sherbrooke to boulevard de Maisonneuve (including rue Émery)
the LGBTQ2+ village (rue Sainte-Catherine E.)
rue Crescent from 1201, rue Crescent to boulevard Maisonneuve
and rue Sainte-Catherine O. on weekends between rue Metcalfe and rue Guy.