• John Jantak

Vaudreuil-Dorion’s plans for new traffic lights requires Ministry of Transport approval


JOHN JANTAK

Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon said the city is obliged to submit a proposal to the provincial Ministry of Transport that outlines the precise nature of the work that will be done regarding the municipality’s plans to install traffic lights at the corner of Avenue St. Charles and Chemin Dumberry because of jurisdictional issues.

The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion adopted a resolution at the Monday evening council meeting to prepare a memorandum of understanding for the provincial Ministry of Transport (MTQ) regarding the city’s plans to install traffic lights at the corner of Avenue St. Charles and Chemin Dumberry north Highway 40. Mayor Guy Pilon said the memorandum is an important first step that will enable the city to eventually proceed with the project which requires MTQ approval before work can begin.

The new traffic signals will control the flow of traffic in the immediate area with a new big-box store and gas bar slated to be built on the northeast side of the intersection. Pilon said that a large section of land that straddles the north and south sides of Highway 40, including portions of Avenue St. Charles close to the highway, are under provincial control.

This means that any work that the city wants to undertake to upgrade municipal infrastructure including roads and traffic lights requires MTQ approval. The MTQ, however, can undertake work on roads under its jurisdiction within the municipality at any time.

This is why motorists have had to contend with driving atop a torn up, pot-holed dirt roadway and endure endless traffic since the beginning of September as the ministry continues work to reconfigure and upgrade the northern portion of Avenue St. Charles from Avenue Dutrisac that leads to Highway 40. The revamped roadway and intersections will then connect to a new four-lane bridge being built over the highway.

The entire project will be completed by spring 2015. Pilon said he would have preferred if the project was better coordinated with the city to maximize traffic flow and minimize the inconvenience being experienced by motorists, but said the project is proceeding well and plans are being studied to implement measures that would minimize the impact on traffic over winter. A similar situation exists along Boulevard de la Cité des Jeunes near Highway 30 which is also being upgraded by the MTQ.

Pilon responded to a citizen’s request during question period for the installation of traffic lights at the intersection Cité des Jeunes and Rue Henri Ford by saying the city is aware of the situation and will a submit a proposal to have it included as part of the infrastructure work planned by the ministry for 2015. In other council business, a resolution was adopted to rename Avenue Tessier to Avenue Robert Goyer in honour of the former municipal councillor.

The change was made to avoid any possible confusion with Rue F.X. Tessier during emergency situations. Another resolution was adopted to expropriate a small portion of vacant land on Avenue Valois that will allow the city to build pedestrian walkway that would cross the Canadian National railway tracks and connect to Avenue Besner and provide residents with easier access to the shopping district on Boulevard Harwood.

The city hasn’t yet decided whether it will build a bridge over the tracks or an underground tunnel, said Pilon. There are two existing pedestrian tunnels east of the proposed new walkway on Valois and Avenue Charbonneau near Avenue St. Charles that allow residents to safely cross underneath two separate sets of CN and Canadian Pacific railway tracks and access Boulevard Harwood.

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