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A press conference has been called for Tuesday afternoon on the long-promised 440 urban boulevard that would connect Gouin Blvd. with Highway 40.Quebec’s Transport Minister Pierre Moreau along with local MNA Yolande James and Mayor Monique Worth of Pierrefonds Roxboro are scheduled to attend the press conference. The press conference is slated for 1:30 p.m. at Pierrefonds-Roxboro’s borough offices.

On Monday, Bassam Chaarani, a Pierrefonds-Roxboro spokesperson said he couldn't say anymore about the meeting or what would be announced. "It is all being organized by Transport Quebec," he said.

A new urban boulevard has long been seen as the only way to alleviate the chronic traffic congestion on St. Charles Blvd. and St. Jean Blvd. between the back river and Highway 40, especially with ongoing residential development in the western part of Pierrefonds.

The Highway 440 servitude, west of St. Charles Blvd., was set aside decades ago for a possible Highway 440 extension from the West Island to Laval. Pierrefonds-Roxboro has since advocated a north-south urban boulevard as opposed to a highway be built on the 440 right-of-way.

 

Read more: http://www.westislandgazette.com/news/32005

 

Got to love election time :thumbsup: Aren't these the same people that said we would get trains in the West Island? :stirthepot:

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C'est drôle (ou vraiment pas!!!) de voir autant d'annonce à la veille de l'annonce de la prochaine campagne électorale. La politique Charest: nous laisser sur notre appétit pendant 4 ans et sortir les cadeaux pour se faire réélire 4 autres années. Allô le projet de société....

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A new urban boulevard has long been seen as the only way to alleviate the chronic traffic congestion

 

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the mindset of the MTQ and some of our municipal leaders. If the MTQ didn't have its head stuck up its ass, and if our transit authorities weren't fragmented into 5 bickering factions, we might have gotten a transit connection along this corridor linking this part of the west island to downtown. But these people are so far off course that it's a minor miracle they decided not to build the full fledged highway as originally planned.

 

 

Here is the comment I posted in reply to the article:

 

I like how they refer to this as "the only way" to alleviate congestion. No, it's not. You can improve bus service. You can create light rail and expand commuter rail. You can create more bike paths. You can densify neighborhoods and focus on transit-oriented development.

 

We've had 60+ years to study cars, roads and congestion. What we've learned is astonishingly simple: the more capacity you add and the easier you make it to drive, the more demand you induce and the more vehicle trips you generate. Traffic will be alleviated for a year or two, but ultimately the 440 urban boulevard will end up clogged too.

 

This is what happens when you have a MTQ that spends 85% of its money on roads and only 15% on transit, even though transit 1. generates more jobs per dollar, 2. generates more economic returns per dollar, 3. has a stronger impact on congestion, 4. is far more sustainable, 5. is far more conducive to urban development and 6. saves us millions in maintenance costs.

 

At a time when cities around the world are pursuing sustainable development, building transit and densifying because it's economically, socially and environmentally advantageous, here we are on the West Island going in the opposite direction.

 

NO to the 440 boulevard. Enough of this asinine 1950s-era vision. This is 2012, let's get with the program.

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Très bonne idée, mais devrait être une vraie autoroute, pas un boulevard.

 

Il faut compléter la boucle de la 440 pour donner plus d'options à la base industrielle de l'ouest de l'île.

 

/ceci dit, tout cela n,est que vaporware, on est en période d'élections.

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Ce projet est-il vraiment nécessaire?

Il détruirait le parc de l'Île Bizard, ce qui serait vraiment dommage.

Je ne crois même pas que ce soit bénéfique pour l'écoulement du trafic.

Ça bloquerait au niveau de la 40.

 

Il serait bien plus utile de compléter la 640 en la faisant traverser la rivière des Outaouais, pour la relier à la 40 (qui mène à la 20 et à la 30).

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Ce projet est-il vraiment nécessaire?

Il détruirait le parc de l'Île Bizard, ce qui serait vraiment dommage.

Je ne crois même pas que ce soit bénéfique pour l'écoulement du trafic.

Ça bloquerait au niveau de la 40.

 

Il serait bien plus utile de compléter la 640 en la faisant traverser la rivière des Outaouais, pour la relier à la 40 (qui mène à la 20 et à la 30).

 

I think the project is only to build the road from the 40 to gouin. Not along the whole servitude to connect with the 440.

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On spécule, c'est sûr, mais Laval ouest a un potentiel de développement incroyable. C'est mieux développer ce coin du territoire que de repousser les gens plus loin.

 

Et oui évidemment, la 640 devrait relier la 20/30 ou 40, mais on rêve évidemment.

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Transport Minister Pierre Moreau and other elected officials were in Pierrefonds today to announce plans for a new urban boulevard linking Gouin and the Transcanada highway.

It will run just behind the Kirkland Coliseum.

 

For now, the road will not connect to the 440 in Laval.

 

"You have to keep in mind, the fact that maybe one day we will go ahead with [the extension of] highway 440," said Transport Minister Pierre Moreau. "At that time, we want the infrastructure that will be built to be used for the project."

 

The new road will have a new interchange when it meets highway 40, at a cost that is said to range between $41 million and $50 million.

 

Construction should begin in Summer 2014, according to Pierrefonds mayor Monique Worth. She also adds that no green space is slated to be demolished.

 

The urban boulevard will cost around $15 million, and Worth said it will allow accessibility to an area where they are hoping to build 6,000 homes.

 

The province hopes to sign an agreement in the city by spring 2013, according to officials. Then, due to the magnitude of the project, an environmental study will be execute

 

Read more: http://www.cjad.com/CJADLocalNews/entry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10411540&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

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Un simple emballage de bonbon (d'élections). Et puis encore (en supposant que ce soit "réel"),

1) un échangeur de 50 millions pour un "boulevard urbain" de 15 millions!

2) Ledit boulevard servirait à qui/quoi?--Un accès routier pour des terrains résidentiels à Pierrefonds ouest.

3) La fonction de contournement par l'A-440 demeure nécessaire pour les trajets Laval/Laurentides vers Toronto; l'A-30 ne comblera pas ce besoin; et puisqu'on ne veut pas sacrifier un parc sur l'île Bizard, un tunnel est une solution bien simple (on en voit beaucoup en Europe), il ne s'agit pas d'un tunnel sous le fleuve Saint-Laurent!

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On spécule, c'est sûr, mais Laval ouest a un potentiel de développement incroyable. C'est mieux développer ce coin du territoire que de repousser les gens plus loin.

 

Et oui évidemment, la 640 devrait relier la 20/30 ou 40, mais on rêve évidemment.

 

Reste que c'était quand même ca l'idée au début des années 60 quand le réseau a été implanté... La 440 reliée à la 40 dans le West-Island et la 640 reliée à la 40 dans le coin de Vaudreuil. Wow que ca serait efficace .... trop beau pour être vrai !

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