Côte Saint-Luc officials have announced that major repairs are expected to start this spring on Côte Saint-Luc Road.
“It’s like driving through a minefield, trying to find a place to drive,” laughed driver Srinivas Chintaginjalu.
Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Mitchell Brownstein says the work will be done on sections that are on territory belonging to the City of Montreal.
“It’s the City of Montreal that’s doing major repaving work,” he told Global News.
“From King-Edward Avenue and Walkley, from Randall Avenue to Hingston Avenue, and from Hingston to Marcil Avenue. These are two of the worst sections.”
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The work is expected to begin in May and last until October; other repairs are expected to be done on the street in 2023.
“They’re going to be laying pipes and doing a complete redo,” Brownstein explained.
“We’re going to be doing our small section at the same time as them.”
Architect and former politician Robert Libman said he wonders if the proper analysis is being done to fix the roads.
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“We’re now in a situation where we’re seeing much more dramatic fluctuations over short periods of time,” he told Global News.
“There are many more cars on the road. I think we’re getting to a breaking point and the cities have to stand up and face the reality of the situation. Municipalities are going to face a crisis if they don’t face this head on.”
Libman argues there should be better prioritization of road repairs and construction.
“Concrete is a much more durable material,” he said.
“It’s more expensive in the short term, but it lasts much longer.”
Côte Saint-Luc authorities say they’re confident in the work slated to begin in the coming months.
“The technology, from what I’m told by my engineering department, is that resurfacing isn’t the best approach, but it works, and it should work until the big re-do in 2023,” Brownstein said.