Montreal’s Bonaventure to be transformed into urban boulevard
Posted November 6, 2023 12:59 pm.
Last Updated November 6, 2023 1:56 pm.
Montreal’s Bonaventure Autoroute will become an urban boulevard, along the St. Lawrence River.
The six-lane expressway could include space for pedestrian walkways, bike paths, and places to sit and enjoy the view – but would maintain its existing lanes.
The road is a major traffic corridor, with 20 million drivers on it a year.
This is headed by Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) – the federal agency – but has yet to be officially announced.
They are currently studying the layouts and seeing what works for the future of transit.
“The Bonaventure Expressway will be moved away from the shoreline and merged with Carrie-Derrick Street, the latter is eliminated and free up space along the River to build the green corridor,” said Nathalie Lessard, Director of Communications for JCCBI, in an email to CityNews.
“It is a key economic corridor to transport goods toward the Port of Montreal (1,000 trucks per week) and to transport dangerous materials (prohibited at the TLHL and JC Bridge).”
There would also be traffic-calming measures introduced over the next few years.
In a post on social media, they are inviting people to share their “feedback as part of the Impact Assessment Act. This project will include a green corridor along the St. Lawrence River and two 2.5-km active mobility paths.”
“JCCBI is building this new boulevard for the next 50 to 60 years, and it’s important to have the flexibility to be able to address current and future needs in this area and ensure safety for all users, and transportation of goods,” said Lessard.