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Traffic Woes in 2018

Traffic planners advise motorists to stay abreast of the closures by consulting the project’s website or using Waze or Google Maps, which will be updated with the road closures.
Our first meting of 2018 will be on the 14, if the hotel confirms our proposed meeting dates. Lots of time to figure out how the heck we are all going to actually get to our hotel!By all accounts, traffic and detours will be even worse in 2018, and we all know how bad it was in 2017.

The Turcot Sector will be the worst, of course. If you have to get through this disaster zone, be sure to consult before you leave home.

This site will show the construction sites on the island:

It is expected that René-Lévesque will be heavily used as an alternate, so keep that in mind also.


Read more from the Montreal Gazette below

No Turcot relief until middle or end of 2019

Gridlock expected to be the norm for drivers in much of downtown core

Expect regular traffic jams downtown, especially during the weekends for roughly the next two years.

That was the take-home message from traffic planners who met reporters Wednesday to brief them again about upcoming road closures in the Turcot Interchange, used by 300,000 motorists daily. And they were more clear about an end date for the work to demolish and rebuild the expressway: midto late 2019, meaning nearly two years of traffic chaos slated for the downtown core.

Starting Monday, the westbound Ville-Marie Expressway will be completely closed, including the entrances from Fort and Lucien L’Allier Sts. Westbound traffic will be diverted to the eastbound side, and the only two access points to those lanes will be on Hotel-deVille Ave. near city hall (which can be accessed from both St-Antoine St. and Viger Ave.), and a temporary access at Rose-de-Lima St. at the corner of St-Antoine.

The closures will probably affect anyone driving in Montreal either directly or indirectly, as gridlock is expected to spread to alternate highways and local streets. Traffic planners expect Atwater Ave., René-Lévesque Blvd. and St-Antoine St. will be among the streets affected.

For Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Westmount residents, the St-Jacques St. exit off the VilleMarie near the MUHC superhospital will be closed. Accessing the Champlain Bridge from the VilleMarie will be impossible, as the Highway 15 South entrance will also be closed.

At least one local traffic observer was alarmed about the planned closures.

“My suspicion is that a lot people will use René-Lévesque and some of the lateral routes that can’t really handle (that traffic),” said Rick Leckner, a former radio traffic reporter. “So, really, what has to be ensured is that there is very strict monitoring all the time.”

The news is particularly bad for anyone who drives in and out of downtown on weekends, as the Ville-Marie in both directions will be closed virtually every weekend this fall and winter while the existing roadway is demolished. But it gets worse.

On some weekends, the closures will extend on Highway 20 all the way to 1st Ave. in Lachine, and Highway 20 West will be inaccessible from Highway 15 North.

Continue reading Traffic Woes in 2018

Traffic Issues this weekend

And this does not include all the local streets.
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Avoid the inbound Champlain Bridge

Quebec’s transport ministry strongly suggests drivers coming from the South Shore avoid the Champlain Bridge this weekend due to major work related to the rebuilding of the bridge. The ministry suggests drivers use the Victoria or Jacques Cartier bridges instead.

Highway 15 northbound will be completely closed between the Bonaventure/Nuns’ Island exit and the De La Vérendrye exit from Friday at 11 p.m. till Monday at 5 a.m.

The detour will be via the Bonaventure Expressway to St-Antoine St. to the 720 West.

The De La Vérendrye exit off of Highway 15 South will be closed from 11:59 p.m. Friday until Monday at 5 a.m. Cars will be rerouted via Atwater Ave., St-Patrick St., StRémi St. and de l’Église.

On the Turcot Interchange, the following exits will be closed from Friday at 11:59 p.m. until 5 a.m. Monday:

Exit off the Ville Marie W. to the 15 North exit off Décarie South for the Ville-Marie East going downtown;

Exit off the 20 East for the Ville Marie East;

At the Saint-Pierre Interchange, Highway 138 East between the exit for Clément St. and Highway 20 will be closed from Friday at 11:59 p.m. until Saturday 6 a.m.; and Sunday from 11:59 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m.;

The exit off of Highway 138 east coming from the Mercier Bridge heading to the 20 eastbound will be closed from Friday at 11 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m.

Highway 25 south will be closed completely from Friday at 11:59 p.m. until Saturday 8 a.m.; from 12:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Saturday; and from Sunday at 11:30 p.m. until Monday 5 a.m. On Highway 25 north, two lanes out of three will be closed Friday from 10:30 p.m. until Saturday at 7:30 a.m., and Sunday 10 p.m. until Monday 5 a.m.

On the Ville Marie eastbound, the exit for Berri St. will be closed from Friday at 10 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m.

Orange cone alert !

The work on the Turcotte Interchange is going to cause even more traffic madness.  If you normally take the 720 to our meetings, consider an alternative.

There are traffic cams you can consult before you hit the road. Got a smartphone? Check here for the traffic conditions app.

In fact, at thisaislin-red-lights point, it’s a wonder the city doesn’t just stick an orange cone on all the bridges and just shut down the city. No one can get around anyway, and the usual stupid advice: Take public transport! just grates on my nerves.  The mayor should be made to try getting from one end of the city to the other by public transport on a Sunday.

Meeting Date/Room Changes

It’s very rare that we change our meeting dates — they are pretty much set in stone after March. If you cannot find us, ask at the front desk.

Part of the deal with the Espresso Hotel is that we have to expect the occasional change of location.  Usually we find ourselves in a better room, such as when we got the Grand Salon. Last month, we were given their fanciest suite, room 700. We even had coffee service! Unfortunately, I know of at least one person who could not find us because he came early and the sign was not yet posted on the St-François door.

At the November meeting, we set the tentative dates for the following year. Please bring your agendas, and if you know the dates of events such as Grand Prix, Parades, and so on, please let us know. This will save us some grief later.