Westmount threatens to sue if noise from new Ville-Marie Expressway affects residents

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Keep Turcot Interchange noise down, says Westmount
WATCH: With the site of the Turcot Interchange construction project not too far from residential neighbourhoods, the City of Westmount has sent a legal warning to Transports Quebec to demand that noise levels be kept low even once the project is complete. Global's Amanda Jelowicki reports – Apr 20, 2017

The City of Westmount said it is concerned about higher than usual noise levels once the Turcot interchange construction project is completed.

“It’s at the core of our mandate to make sure our citizens have a healthy environment to live in and noise is a problem,” said Martin St-Jean, Westmount director of legal affairs.

The city has been working with the transport department for almost 10 years to help residents living alongside the Ville-Marie Expressway.

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Initially, the department promised the new Highway 136, which will replace the Ville-Marie, would be built about 20 feet lower than it is now, reducing noise levels.

In February, with little warning, the department announced changes to the design.

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The stretch of Highway 136 between Greene Avenue, going westward toward the MUHC superhospital at Decarie Boulevard will now be built at the same height it is now.

That means noise from the highway will be much louder and could drift into residential areas.

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The city has sent a legal warning to the transport department, giving it until April 30 to come up with solutions.

The department and the consortium building the new highway did not respond to Global News’ request for comment.

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Residents who are already sick of construction noise say the changes to the design are frustrating.

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“Originally, it was another plan and it’s like everything  – you make a plan and then you change the plan. It is supposed to be OK, it’s not OK. Do what you said the plan was.”

“If the transport department is not meeting the criteria that was set up initially when the city agreed to the project, then yes, the city should take them to court over that,” said Abbott resident Donald Sedgwick.

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The city has been in discussions with the transport department over the last few weeks.

If they can’t find an acceptable solution, Westmount said it is willing to sue the department over the issue.

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