Montreal

Notre-Dame Street East to double in size

The City of Montreal has decided to do a major overhaul of busy Notre-Dame Street East, expanding it to eight lanes from four, the mayor announced Tuesday.

The City of Montreal has decided to do a major overhaul of busy Notre-Dame Street East, expanding it to eight lanes from four, the mayor announced Tuesday.

The upgrades will cost the city and the province $750 million and will take six years to complete. Two of the lanes will be devoted to public transit, and a bicycle path will run alongside the road.

Construction will begin next summer.

Mayor Gerald Tremblay said the planning has been in the works for decades and the upgrades are needed for the economic and social development of east-end Montreal.

The nine-kilometre stretch of road, which lies between highways 720 and 25, connects the east end to the downtown core. More than 75,000 vehicles travel on the street every day, and almost 10 per cent of them are trucks.

"It's been asked for and it's been provided for," Tremblay said. "It's not a promise anymore, it's a personal commitment."

He said the Quebec government will foot $625 million of the bill, with the city paying the remaining $125 million.

Lyn Thériault, mayor of the borough that oversees Notre-Dame Street East, said residents have been coping with traffic jams on the road for years and will welcome the expansion.

With files from the Canadian Press

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