He spoke at a press conference on Sunday of a first phase, in the borough of Côte-des-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, to cover Boulevard Décarie between Chemin Queen-Mary and Chemin Côte-Sainte-Catherine.
Phase two of the Ville-Marie highway covering should for its part include a section from Sanguinet Street to Saint-Laurent Boulevard. Already in 2016-2017, during Denis Coderre’s tenure as mayor, the 125 meters of the highway separating Sanguinet and Hôtel-de-Ville streets had been concealed.
If these two projects are set in motion, Montrealers will however have to arm themselves with patience before seeing them come to fruition.
It’s gonna take awhile obviously, indicated Denis Coderre, who foresees that the four years of a mandate will be necessary to plan the project.
In the first years, we will do a design competition, the feasibility study, the sketches, a public consultation. For the first term, we are going to set the table.
In addition to covering these busy roads to reduce
hearing and visual pollution, Ensemble Montréal is also considering
reclaim space by reducing the lanes bordering each side of Décarie Boulevard to two and by creating a
green urban park in the area.
In addition, the
largest public square in Montreal, with a potential area of four hectares, would be created in Ville-Marie.
The cost of the first project is estimated at at least 700 million dollars. The second, at $ 400 million. Ensemble Montréal hopes that they will be financed by Quebec through the Quebec Infrastructure Plan.
The recovery of the Ville-Marie highway is also a first step towards the expansion of the Palais des congrès, argues Denis Coderre, who assures that the latter is necessary, Montreal being
the first place in the world for congresses.
Mr. Coderre also has plans for the extension of Cavendish Boulevard and for the redevelopment of the site of the former Blue Bonnets racecourse.
This announcement quickly prompted Projet Montréal, which says it is committed to
take advantage of major projects that are already on the table to correct urban scars, such as the repair of the metropolitan highway and the expansion of the Palais des congrès.
In an email sent to Radio-Canada, the press secretary for Valérie Plante’s party also maintains that
the racecourse development project will also allow us to study a pilot project for the recovery of the Décarie highway.
In addition, questioned by a journalist on what he thought of bill 96 and its consequences for the workers of Montreal, Denis Coderre explicitly took part in
a French metropolis.
It brings value to the city, and it’s about diversity. […] Francization is an asset. Paris is a French city and it’s a megalopolis, he commented.
He stressed that Montreal would continue to offer essential services in English, adding that it was possible to use translation tools for other needs.
Like at the United Nations. They have many platforms to fulfill their mission, cited the candidate for mayor as an example.