Montreal city workers have begun digging up a section of Pine Avenue between McTavish Street and Doctor Penfield Avenue.
The one-block stretch near the Royal Victoria Hospital will be closed until the end of September, while an aging water main is repaired on the McTavish reservoir.
The underground reservoir is one of the primary holding tanks and distribution points for Montreal's water supply.
The section of Pine Avenue will, however, be open to local traffic.
Changes to the traffic flow are as follows:
- Doctor Penfield, which is normally a one-way street heading east, will be switched to accommodate traffic flow in both directions.
- Peel Street, to the west of the construction work, will have two lanes going north and one lane heading south, with parking no longer allowed on the east side of the road.
- McTavish Street will be limited to local traffic only, and will only be accessible from Dr. Penfield.
Some drivers were caught unawares by the construction work.
"It was pretty bad," one driver told CBC reporter Shari Okeke. "I got stuck for awhile and I'm going to work."
Other motorists also said they were stuck in the traffic jam for about 30 minutes Monday morning.
The city is asking residents with questions about the construction work on Pine Ave. to call the info-traffic line at 514-872-3777.
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