St-Jacques overpass demolition delayed for sewer work

Major construction on the St-Jacques overpass in lower Notre-Dame-de-Grâce scheduled to take place in July has been delayed.

St-Jacques at Décarie was supposed to be closed in July for demolition preparations

CBC reporter Sarah Leavitt explains the delay in closure and the work to come on the thoroughfare. 0:34

Major construction on the St-Jacques overpass in lower Notre-Dame-de-Grâce scheduled to take place in July has been delayed.

Transports Québec spokeswoman Sarah Bensadoun said the department needs to finish analyzing and complete work on the St-Pierre collector sewer before the overpass can be torn down and reconfigured to fit in with the new Turcot Interchange.

“We need to ensure the lifespan of the collector and we need to do some work,” Bensadoun said.

The collector sewer work was originally scheduled for winter, but Bensadoun said more snow than expected prevented them from doing a proper analysis until May.

Mitigation measures

The $55-million contract for rebuilding the St-Jacques overpass was signed in February. The overpass will be demolished in order for the Turcot to be lowered.

Bensadoun said Transports Québec is still finalizing the details of the work on the St-Pierre collector and the closure of the St-Jacques overpass.

Once the department gives the green light to close the overpass, it will remain closed for approximately two years.

Bensadoun said mitigation measures will be put in place before the overpass’s imminent closure.

Suzanne Brisson said living in lower NDG while construction is being done on the St-Jacques overpass and the Turcot Interchange will be like living "in hell." (Sarah Leavitt/CBC)

Those include opening a new De Maisonneuve exit on the southbound Décarie Expressway that was originally built as an access to the new MUHC superhospital.

Transports Québec will also reopen a road at the Sherbrooke Street exit on the northbound Décarie which will allow cars to exit onto Addington, which connects to De Maisonneuve.

Other roadwork in the area is expected to wrap up soon, as well.

Residents living 'in hell'

Still, the delay in work on the St-Jacques overpass is just a temporary reprieve for residents living in the area.

Suzanne Brisson has lived on Prud'homme Avenue just north of the overpass for 20 years. She said she is not looking forward to the work. 

She expects to live "in hell" for the duration of the work and fears her small street will turn into a major traffic thoroughfare.

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