Whew - well, if you thought that the roads were a mess before, this weekend takes it up another level!
The construction season of Montreal has set in, and with it comes all the roadblocks and closures all over town, mostly on the Turcott exchange - as it had been closed for multiple weekends sending drivers into a frenzy and screwing up everyone's route.
This weekend, it's going to be even worse!
Thanks to F1 Grand Prix weekend, and MURAL Festival (which will run for 10 days), the Montreal streets are insane this weekend! Not only will there be closures on the Turcott exchange and highways, but much of the downtown core will also be closed off to traffic entirely.
Here are some downtown roads to avoid if you're driving this weekend:
- St-Laurent Blvd. from Sherbrooke St. to Mont-Royal Ave. will be closed for the 10-day Mural Festival, right to June 18th at 5:00 p.m.
- Peel St. between Ste-Catherine St. W. and Sherbrooke St. W. will be closed for the Formula Peel Event for Grand Prix weekend until Monday, June 11 at 6 p.m.
- Crescent St. between Ste-Catherine St. W. and Sherbrooke St. W. will be closed for Grand Prix festivities until Sunday, June 10 at 6 p.m.
- De Maisonneuve Blvd. W. will be closed between Bishop St. and de la Montagne until Sunday, June 10 at 8 a.m. (also for Grand Prix festivities)
Furthermore, Montreal is also going to be crazy busy around Place Des Arts for Francos De Montreal, and for Mondial de la bière at Palais des congrès, as well.
If you're heading to either of those two downtown core spots, I would just take the metro! Traffic will be insane, and parking will be even crazier.
The pilot project by the city of Montreal that sees road closures on Mount Royal is also live. Camillien-Houde Way and Remembrance Rd. are closed to through traffic until Oct. 31.
For access to Mount-Royal Park, vehicles can access the Beaver Lake parking lot from the west via Remembrance Rd., or the Smith House parking lot from the east via Camillien-Houde Way.
There is an interactive map from the city of Montreal showing all the road closures throughout downtown, with live updates. Check it out here.