Summer Road Closures in Greater Montreal A Nightmare
Summer Road Closures in Greater Montreal – Transport officials have been warning drivers for several years that starting in 2018 roadwork and infrastructure repairs in the Greater Montreal Area were going to escalate, with some of it well into 2020. As Summer 2018 arrives, the reality of just how much work is planned will have your wheels spinning (backwards) away from it all.
Even Cote Saint-Luc Road, Van Horne and the Decarie Expressway will see major work done to repair water mains, sewers and roads – adding to the work already being done on the Turcot Interchange, the new Champlain Bridge and Bonaventure Expressway.
Not a fan of Public Transit? Well, you just might become one. If you have to use your car during all the work, you might want to try using apps like Waze to navigate the roads – if the apps can keep up with all the detours and closures. Not all the exact dates and times are yet known, but we will keep you updated as it becomes available.
Here is what you may NOT want to know… but really NEED to know in order to avoid the areas:
> Southbound, between Hwy 40 and Sherbrooke St. will be having repairs done to the asphalt and see the closure of the expressway, but mostly at night.
> Northbound, from July to November, there will be work on the right lanes from Saint Jacques St. and will see the closures of the Sherbrooke St. on and off ramps and the expressway will only have two lanes open. Expect major traffic jams.
> Decarie Interchange, where HWY 15 and HWY 40 merge, will have ongoing maintenance work.
COTE ST-LUC ROAD: *Until November
> Between Decarie Blvd. and Bonavista Ave. only one lane in each direction will be open as underground infrastructure is done.
VAN HORNE AVENUE: *Construction starts next week and will last two years.
> Westbound, will see the closure of the avenue between Victoria Ave. and Decarie Blvd. for infrastructure repairs. Drivers can detour via Victoria and Cote St. Catherine Road.Eastbound lanes will be open.
> Demolition will continue on the elevated Ville-Marie expressway westbound, forcing the closure of the interchange and the new expressway connecting HWY 20 to downtown in both directions on several weekends. HWY 15 northbound will remain one lane only as demolition work continues.
> Between the bridge and the downtown area, work on the new bridge will see repeated closures of HWY 15. Drivers will be forced to use other bridges or the Lafontaine Tunnel. As well, work on the REM light-rail train project will see only two lanes of HWY 10 in both directions open on the south side of the bridge and will be diverted to two lanes on the service roads. Expect delays as drivers get used to the new configuration.Expect major traffic jams.
HIGHWAY 40 AND HIGHWAY 13 INTERCHANGE
> Maintenance work and reconstruction of the HWY 13 Bridgecrossing HWY 40 will see lane closures. *There will also be work on the bridge at Cote-Vertu Blvd. crossing over HWY 13.
HIGHWAY 40 / ÎLE-AUX-TOURTES BRIDGE
> Asphalt work is planned between the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge and Blvd. des Anciens-Combattants and there will also be maintenance work on the bridge.
MERCIER BRIDGE *Two months starting at the end of June
> Northbound, there will be maintenance work that will see the closure of that side of the bridge, but cars will be diverted to the Southbound side, which will be running in two directions.
> Construction work will see lane closures in both directions – three lanes North towards Montreal will be open in the morning and one lane South.
ST-DENIS STREET *For two years
> Between Jean-Talon St. and Jarry St., with only one lane open Northbound as major infrastructure and repair work is done. *As promised, the city will be keeping 100 parking spaces open to help businesses effected by the work.
**DEUX-MONTAGNES TRAIN LINE
> Due to the REM project, commuters have already seen changes to the service with weekend cancellations, but as of June 25th an additional two weekday trains in the morning and one weekday train in the evening train will also be cancelled.
And good luck!