Ste Catherine Street Revamp Begins! More construction find out where!
Ste Catherine Street Revamp – Get ready for more detours and street closures in the downtown area because of the Ste Catherine Street Revamp. Starting Monday January 8th, major work starts on Ste Catherine street and is not expected to be completed until 2021. More than two kilometres of the street will be renovated in two phases.
The first phase of the work will start between Bleury and Mansfield streets. It will include the revitalization of Place du Frère-André and Phillips Square, as well as work on new manholes – and is expected to continue until sometime in August. The estimated cost of the first phase is $95 million. The second phase is supposed to start shortly thereafter and the estimated cost has not yet been determined.
In 2015 when the project was first announced under the Coderre administration, city officials said the work was unavoidable and they had no choice but to tear up the road in order to replace the 100 year-old water and sewage pipes running beneath it. The underground work was crucial to sewer systems and water mains, some of which date back to the 1800s. The planning actually began in 2013, after a sinkhole opened up at the corner of Guy and Ste-Catherine streets and a backhoe fell in – likely caused by a faulty city sewer pipe.
This time the city said businesses impacted by the project will receive financial help and their establishments will be accessible to pedestrians during construction – which will take place only between 7:00am and 9:00pm on weekdays, unless work has to be done outside of those hours to meet deadlines.
Coderre’s original plan also included other elements to the revamp. One of the most controversial was a $4 million project to install large, inflatable structures. The tunnel-like inflatables, known as an Imago, would run the entire length of each block, be about eleven metres high, fourteen metres wide and rise three stories on the street. The purpose of the inflatable ‘tunnels’ would be to hide the work from pedestrians using the sidewalks. When work begins underneath the sidewalks, pedestrians would then be able to walk under the structure on the street and be sheltered from the dust and noise of the construction – and it will be off limits to vehicles.
He also said it would be the perfect opportunity to revamp the sidewalks and the road. Ideas that were being considered included wider, heated sidewalks, one lane for cars, two lanes of parking and one for bicycles. The speed limit would be lowered to 30kms per hour – but a minimum of 60 parking spots would disappear between Aylmer and Mansfield. The street would also have seating areas with free Wi-Fi, ‘intelligent’ lighting and charging stations for electric vehicles.
It is not yet confirmed whether the present administration at City Hall, under newly elected Mayor Valérie Plante, will follow through with the same plans.
Ready or not… the revamp begins!
Feature image: The tunnel-like inflatables, known as an Imago, would run the entire length of each block, be about eleven metres high, fourteen metres wide and rise three stories on the street.