- Montreal commuters can breathe a sigh of relief as the first new ramp opening of the Turcot Interchange happened today.
- Several other ramp openings are slated for the fall and into next year.
- But... also here are some closures you can also expect. 👼
Hey, commuters... did it feel like there was less traffic on the road today? Because a section of the Turcot Interchange was scheduled to open today, the first in a series of slated openings between now and next year.
For those of us who don't have time to consider the names of interchanges when we're driving in Montreal, because we're just trying not to die or get anyone else killed... this is the deal with the Turcot Interchange.
The highway was actually first built, like many things in this city, for the Expo '67. It quickly fell into disrepair and has been under heavy... rejuvenation for nearly the last decade.
For the hundreds of thousands of commuters who come into and through Montreal every day, today is like that sliver of light at the end of a flooded Atwater tunnel.
Finally, the lanes of the Turcot Interchange are going to start opening up and Autoroutes 15, 20 and 720 will come together as one, once again.
They tweeted about the opening last week, letting drivers know they'd be able to take the A-15 North to the A-20 West starting today.
The tweet above reads:
Several lanes are planned to open by the end of 2019. The first opening will be the ramp from the A-15 North to the A-20 West on August 26th.
The CTV notes that KPH Turcot also intends to open three of four lanes headed west towards the Turcot from the Ville Marie Tunnel and that they would become accessible to commuters soon.
That doesn't mean the work is letting up, though. There's still a lot to do before the multi-ramped menace is actually complete.
But it does seem that projections are looking good for several of the ramps, which Turcot indicates should be opening this fall.
The tweets above read:
When for Lucien L'Allier? du Fort?
This autumn, with the reopening of Route 136 West
When I moved to Montreal two years ago, I remember driving through the mess that was the highways thinking, "I've made a terrible mistake. Take me home."
But, like all things, you come to appreciate the construction in Montreal for what it is... which is whatever you make of it.
Over here, I see it as the neverending butt of a joke and a great opportunity for our engineering students to get some experience in the field, IRL.
To keep up with the Turcot Interchange and its progress, follow them on Twitter here.
*Translations are my own.