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highway 40 traffic

Many of Montreal's faithful residents never set foot behind the wheel of a car, and that’s just the way they like it. For the rest of us drivers, here is some slightly inconvenient news from the Ministère des Transports: part of Highway 40 in the West Island will be intermittently closed as construction occurs over the next months. Specifically, we can expect closures and detours over a small stretch of the autoroute from August 8 and into December.

The reason for these inconveniences is an ongoing project to repair the overpass carrying Chemin des Pins, which will be completely closed between Rue Poultry Cottages and Chemin Sainte-Marie in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Local traffic will still be allowed between Rue Euclide-Lavigne and Chemin Sainte-Marie.

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As of 8:15 a.m. Friday, Transports Québec is reporting most Montreal highways are still covered after an overnight storm that forecasts predicted would dump as much as 15 centimetres of snow on the region. Montreal traffic is looking messy as a result.

Autoroutes 15 (the Décarie expressway) and 40 (the Transcanadienne) seem to be in the worst condition with traffic slow or congested through much of their Montreal Island segments according to an online map of conditions. Traffic is also slow on the Montreal side of the Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine Tunnel on autoroute 25.

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