• John Jantak

Ste. Anne reunited with official reopening of Exit 41


Geoffrey Kelley, the provincial MNA for Jacques Cartier, and Ste. Anne de Bellevue Mayor Paola Hawa cut the white ribbon to officially reopen Exit 41 along the westbound highway 40 service road last Friday, October 2.

After more than four years of being closed, Exit 41 along the westbound highway 40 service road at Ste. Anne de Bellevue was officially reopened during a white-ribbon cutting ceremony last Friday, October 2.

The completion of the long-awaited project also means that northbound traffic from Boulevard des Anciens-Combattants is finally able to connect to Chemin Ste. Marie in the city’s northern district. Residents who wanted to access the northern sector had to detour from Anciens-Combattants north onto Highway 40 east and exit at Morgan Boulevard.

“To me, this is the best part of it – we are a united city again. You can go north to south and south to north unimpeded,” Mayor Paola Hawa told Your Local Journal. “I’m so excited. It’s the end of an era and the beginning of something new. We don’t have to talk about it again for another 20 years. I think it’s great for the entire region.”

Hawa said the completion of the new interchange and reopening of Anciens-Combattants fulfills a promise she made during her election campaign in October 2013, which was to fix the problem and reunite the northern and southern sections.

“One of the first things I said was that we were going to do an analysis to see if it made more economic sense to repair the overpasses or demolish them and put in a T-intersection,” said Hawa. “We came to the conclusion that the T-intersection was more cost-effective. We hit the ground running and we got it done.

“We came in on-budget and on-time and I think this is something to be very proud of,” Hawa added. “This completion is thanks not only to our administration, but also the contractors who did an excellent job. They kept to the timeline and everybody cooperated. The Ministère des Transport du Québec (MTQ) also were our partners in this project and everyone worked very well together.”

Geoffrey Kelley, the provincial MNA for Jacques Cartier, officiated with Hawa during the ribbon cutting. “It’s the end of a long saga to get access to Anciens-Combattants finally fixed,” said Kelley. “It was a long series of circumstances to get here today but it’s good news for people on the West Island. It’s something the MTQ has worked on with the City of Ste. Anne to find a solution to a difficult problem.”

Motorists using the T-intersection from Exit 41 west will have a priority green light that will change to red only if traffic approaches the intersection from either Anciens-Combattants north or west from Chemin Ste. Marie.

Ste. Anne’s Executive Director Martin Bonhomme said the total cost of the construction project was $3.1 million – $1.7 million which came from the MTQ and $1.4 million from the city.

Mayor Jane Guest from neighbouring Senneville attended the event and said she was pleased Exit 41 was finally reopened because the closure had also affected residents in her municipality. “Both Mayor Hawa and I are happy to see its completion,” said Guest.