LaSalle drivers facing traffic nightmare – LaSalle drivers, businesses and citizens are hoping to avert what can best be described as a ‘traffic nightmare’. It all begins next Monday December 10th, when the exit to Blvd. de la Verendrye will be closed until the end of 2019, due to work on the Turcot Interchange that will see traffic on Hwy15 southbound just below the Turcot, rerouted onto the northbound structure.
Then starting in mid-January, adding to the traffic woes, Transport QC will be demolishing part of the Angrignon overpass – and access to Angrignon Boulevard via highway 20 and Notre-Dame Street will be reduced to only one lane in each direction, with cars alternating in one direction at a time. One of the only real options would be to use Hwy 138, but that highway is also used by drivers to access the Mercier Bridge and it already has a high volume of traffic and congestion at the best of times.
The closures will certainly have an impact on the borough and also for those who travel to LaSalle for work and other reasons. Borough Mayor Manon Barbe is appealing to Transport Quebec to reconsider its timeline for the projects, suggesting they not do both projects simultaneously in order to limit the impact it will have on LaSalle – especially on business that could potentially lose millions of dollars during that time. She also cited concerns about access to the borough for emergency vehicules and how the snow dump located in LaSalle, not far from the intersection, would be affected. As for everyday commuters, they can expect at least a half hour delay to and from the borough.
LaSalle drivers facing traffic nightmare