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Construction starts on Montreal’s Sainte-Catherine Street revitalization plan

Montreal's Sainte Catherine Street re-imagined. City of Montreal handout

Construction has begun on a massive new revitalization plan on one of Montreal’s most important commercial areas, Sainte-Catherine Street.

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The portion of the street from Atwater Avenue to de Bleury Street is getting an entire makeover:

  • The sidewalks will be widened by 60 per cent,
  • Traffic lights will be synchronized,
  • Smart LED street lights will added,
  • Wifi will be available.

The first phase involves rebuilding the road between Mansfield and de Bleury streets, narrowing the 650 metre stretch to one lane for all vehicle traffic.

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There will be a stopping lane for delivery vehicles, but 144 parking spaces will disappear.

WATCH BELOW: Montreal’s Sainte-Catherine Street getting a facelift

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Montreal’s Sainte-Catherine Street getting a facelift – Jan 4, 2018

Officials say only eight per cent of cars currently using busy Sainte-Catherine Street drive on it with intention to park.

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Construction on this stretch of the street is expected to last until December 2021 and cost $123 million.

Major construction is set to begin on Montreal’s Sainte- Catherine Street in 2018. Handout

The city is also planning to revitalize Phillips Square and Dorchester Square.

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Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante also has plans to convert McGill College Avenue into a pedestrian walkway between the university and Place Ville-Marie.

The project is is expected to be done in 2022.

WATCH BELOW: Empty stores on Sainte-Catherine Street

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Empty stores on Sainte-Catherine Street – Jan 9, 2018

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