Driving headaches could soon be the norm in NDG

MONTREAL — Getting around the largest borough in Montreal is never an easy task — and driving through NDG isn’t about to get any easier.

Montreal city councillors will be debating and discussing some of the imminent traffic problems at Monday night’s Côte-des-Neiges-NDG borough council meeting.

”We’ve got a crisis with St. Jacques [Street], so let’s put off the MUHC traffic plan until St. Jacques is rebuilt,” Montreal city councillor Peter McQueen, who represents the NDG district, told Global News.
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McQueen said he plans to vote against a city and McGill University Health Centre plan to convert de Maisonneuve Boulevard between Decarie Boulevard and Addington Street into a two-way road from its current one way, heading in the westbound direction.

The proposal to change the direction is designed to improve access to the new MUHC superhospital at the Glen Yards site, which is slated to open April 26.

But the plans come at the same time Transports Quebec is closing part of St. Jacques Street between Decarie Boulevard and Girouard as of Saturday for at least two years.

”Not a good time to do it given St. Jacques is going down next Saturday,” McQueen said.

St. Jacques will be torn down to allow construction crews to reinforce and replace massive drain water pipes and build a new retention basin.

Approximately 20,000 vehicles a day use St. Jacques Street as an access route between the borough and downtown.

The fear is some of these commuters will start using other roads, such as Sherbrooke Street, to get around, adding to the already congested traffic conditions.

But some councillors are downplaying the problems.

”It’s not going to be a huge amount of traffic,” Marvin Rotrand, city councillor who represents the Snowdon district told Global News.

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“In fact, there’s no real anticipated danger.”

Monday’s Côte-des-Neiges-NDG borough council meeting starts at 7 p.m. Monday at the Centre sportif de NDG on 6445 Monkland Avenue.

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