Montreal

Stretch of St-Antoine down to 1 lane until December

St-Antoine Street between Guy Street and Atwater Avenue is down to one lane until mid-December — the city needs to do urgent work on a water main that supplies more than a million people with water.

City needs to do urgent work on a water main that services more than a million people

Cars and buses will travel in a single file down St-Antoine Street between Guy Street and Atwater Avenue over the next month so crews can repair a water main. (Kate McKenna/CBC)

Today kicks off another major infrastructure project that will see a major city street partially closed, leading to traffic headaches for weeks.

In Montreal, we call that Monday.

St-Antoine Street between Guy Street and Atwater Avenue is down to one lane until mid-December — the city needs to do urgent work on a two-metre-wide water main that runs along the street and supplies more than a million residents with water.

The work has to be completed by next summer, when demand on the water network goes up, said city spokesperson Philippe Sabourin. Monday marks the beginning of the process.

One might expect the closure of a major westbound street to provoke some strong responses from commuters, but it appears that at this point, nothing is surprising anymore.

"It's like, why not? Every other road in the city is closed. What can I say," said driver Gary Blair.

Police and Montreal's mobility squad will be stationed in the area, trying to keep people moving, but until the work wraps up, drivers are being advised to take René-Lévesque Boulevard or Notre-Dame Street instead — especially during the evening rush hour.

The Atwater exit from the westbound Ville-Marie brings motorists right into the heart of the closure. Sabourin said it was determined that for now, the exit will remain open, but the city will monitor the situation and take action if needed.

Three of four lanes on St-Antoine between Guy and Place Richmond are also closed until next summer.

with files from Kate McKenna

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