- Municipal Council
Mount Royal, October 29, 2019 – With only a few weeks remaining before the planned replacement work begins on the Cornwall Bridge, the Town has finally negotiated new measures for the benefit of all Townies. These recent developments reward long-standing and ongoing representations regarding the various elements of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) being implemented in Mount Royal.
While replacement work on the Jean-Talon Street Bridge will soon begin as scheduled, the commencement of work on the Cornwall Bridge has been postponed until April 2020. This means that the temporary traffic-mitigation measures, which by themselves are already trying for pedestrians, motorists, and other users of the road, will not be exacerbated by difficult winter conditions.
Once started, the Cornwall Bridge will take only eight months to replace instead of twelve, as initially planned. Despite only commencing in April, work is nonetheless scheduled to finish on the original end date, avoiding yet another brush with winter woes.
Moreover, CDPQ Infra has promised to open the Lazard Ave.–Jasper Ave. level crossing for emergency vehicles when needed
Lastly, a temporary elevated pedestrian walkway will be installed between Lazard Ave. and Jasper Ave. Once the infrastructure in the Town centre and the new public place are complete, this walkway will no longer be needed.
“This good news could not have come at a better time,” said Mayor Philippe Roy. “We know that the public is apprehensive about the upcoming work in our Town centre. These new measures will somewhat improve Mount Royal’s situation, and many residents will be relieved to learn about these advances in our talks with REM officials. Recently, several people have signed an online petition in support for such adjustments to the project, which unarguably validates our efforts and results.”