• John Jantak

Duhamel Road in Pincourt will become one-way northbound on July 1


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

The Town of Pincourt announced that Duhamel Road will officially become a one-way northbound artery beginning on July 1 to allow a portion of the road to be converted into a bicycle and pedestrian pathway.

Pincourt residents who live along and near Chemin Duhamel will have to modify their driving habits as the town prepares to convert the two-lane shoreline artery into a one-way street within the next two weeks it was announced during the Tuesday evening council meeting June 14.

Town Manager Michel Perrier said the conversion, which will officially take effect July 1, is part of the town’s overall plans to completely revamp the street to make it more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. The town made its intentions clear about the traffic redirection during a public information meeting two weeks earlier.

For now, the town will begin installing new road signage to inform residents about the upcoming reconfiguration that will turn Duhamel into a one way northbound street from Cardinal Léger Blvd. to Mgr. Langlois Avenue at Bellevue Park. Work will also begin to convert part of the road that will be used exclusively by bicyclists and pedestrians.

“The one-way for motorists is going to be on the opposite side of the riverbank and the roadway next to the riverbank will be used as a multifunctional path for pedestrians, bicyclists, and skaters,” Perrier told Your Local Journal.

“We told residents during the information meeting that the change should have no impact on their weekly services such as garbage and recycling collection,” Perrier added. “It will still be done the same way.”

In 2017, work will begin to rebuild Duhamel as part of an ambitious $8.5 million project that will include a new road connection from Cardinal Léger Blvd. to Duhamel near the Hydro tower just south of the town hall and extending Bellevue Road to 5th Avenue, said Perrier.

Before the major reconstruction project begins, the town will study the traffic flow after the one-way change takes place to determine its impact.

“This will be a one year trial period,” said Perrier. “We’re going to take note of every little glitch that could cause problems for people living in the area and take the necessary corrective measures. This way when we rebuild the road in 2017, we’ll incorporate any changes into the final plans.”

Perrier admits that not everyone is pleased with the upcoming change mostly because of concerns about how it will impact their daily commute to work or to run errands, but said that residents will eventually become used to the change.

“People are worried that it will make their way to work and back a little bit longer and we know that,” said Perrier. “We did a study that showed the longest detour will be only about one minute and 20 seconds.”

Mayor Yvan Cardinal said the emphasis is to provide its citizens who regularly use Duhamel to bike and walk with a sense of security that they don’t have now because of its current two lane configuration.

“It’s a wonderful project for all our citizens” said Cardinal. “Every time a change is made, people react. Some people are not happy with the change, but most people told us they are very happy with our plans. During the change, we will listen to what people have to say and make changes to our plans before construction begins next year.”

Public security officials will monitor vehicle traffic on Duhamel during the first weekend when the road becomes one-way to sensitize people to the change.

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