As winter comes to a close, construction season will soon begin. On Friday, Transport Minister Francois Bonnardel announced the dozens of construction projects coming to Montreal this summer.
“It’s gonna be tough this summer again, but I’m telling everyone, with patience, it’s going to be okay,” Bonnardel told Global News.
The Quebec transport ministry has 45 different projects planned in Montreal between now and 2021 at a cost of $1 billion.
Crews will be particularly busy in the West Island.
“For sure it’s going to difficult for the next two years, but we’re working to attenuate the situation for drivers,” Bonnardel said.
If you use the Decarie Expressway, it might be a frustrating couple of years. The entire expressway will be re-paved. The southbound side will be completed this summer, and then the northbound side next summer. Each side will cost $5 million to $10 million.
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If you thought the Dorval Interchange was complete, you were wrong. There will be work there from now until at least 2020.
“Most of the work will be done around Avenue Michel Jasmin,” said Transports Quebec spokesman Martin Girard. “That’s the part that needs to be finished. The end of Dorval Interchange is supposed to be 2020.”
The transport ministry says it will try to do work at night as much as possible to minimize the impact on motorists, but traffic headaches are inevitable. Bonnardel is asking for patience.
Among some of the other projects on the way:
- The Des Sources overpass at the 20 is getting repairs worth between $10 million and $25 million in 2020.
- The Bisson Bridge on the 13 between Laval and Montréal is getting a big face-lift over the next two summers.
- There will be work on Highway 40 between St. Charles and the Ile-Aux-Tourtes Bridge.
Of course, the major work at the Turcot Interchange continues.
“It’s still on schedule, so it should be done by the end of 2020,” said Girard.
Find the full list of projects coming to Montreal and the rest of the province here.
Across the province, $5 billion of work will be done from now to 2021.
Once those projects are over, more will come.
“It will never be over,” said Bonnardel through a smile. “We are going to invest billions in the next 10 years.”