Pincourt’s riverside promenade continues to rankle some residents
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Despite some criticism, Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal said that overall, most people are pleased with the conversion of Duhamel Road into a one-way northbound artery and the plans to build a permanent riverside promenade, especially the parents of small children.
While the overall consensus among Pincourt residents has been positive regarding the recent conversion of Duhamel Road into a one-way northbound artery for vehicle traffic with the other half of the street set aside as a bicycle and pedestrian promenade, some residents still expressed their concerns about the transition during question period at the August 9 council meeting.
Resident Christopher Calabrese told council that the morning commute is not a problem because there are three roads in the area that lead traffic towards Highway 20 – Duhamel, Bellevue Street and Cardinal-Léger Boulevard.
But during the evening commute, Cardinal-Léger becomes heavily congested since it is the only street that accommodates two-way vehicle traffic because of the one-way northbound status that was recently accorded to Duhamel and a portion of Bellevue in front of Bellevue Park.
Calabrese suggested that the city should consider doing away with the bicycle path on Cardinal-Léger to allow for two lanes of vehicle traffic to ease the weekday afternoon congestion especially since there’s now a dedicated pedestrian-bicycle path on Duhamel and another new bicycle path on Bellevue alongside Bellevue Park.
Mayor Yvan Cardinal replied the town has no plans to scrap the bicycle path on Cardinal-Léger and that the one-year pilot project status that was given for the Duhamel riverside promenade was meant to gather as much input from citizens, whether positive or negative, to determine what modifications are necessary.
“We are giving citizens one year to tell us how they feel, whether good or bad, and we will take all the comments into consideration as we prepare to finalize the plans for the reconstruction of Duhamel next year,” said Cardinal. “People can offer any suggestions to improve our plans.”
Cardinal added that among the positive comments the town has received, many have come from parents with small children who are pleased their kids can walk and bike along the path without having to worry about cars.
The mayor also dismissed a request made by Calabrese that the town should hold a referendum on the issue, saying the consensus amongst all council members when the project was presented at a recent public information meeting was that the riverside promenade will be a permanent addition that will benefit all residents.
Council also announced a series of major infrastructure projects that are tentatively scheduled to begin next year as part of its ongoing capital works program to upgrade roadways and public buildings.
Some of the projects include the construction of a new chalet at Olympic Park, replacement of water mains and sewer pipes on 5th Avenue between Duhamel and Cardinal-Léger, and the redesign of Duhamel Road between Cardinal-Léger and Monseigneur-Langlois Avenue.
Town Manager Michel Perrier said the town decided to propose these projects for next year because of various financial subsidies that are available from both the federal and provincial governments.
“A series of subsidy programs have been announced by both governments and we want to take advantage of them,” Perrier told Your Local Journal after the meeting. “The chalet for the pool for instance is quite old, over 40 years now. “It was built by volunteers and reached its life expectancy now. There is a subsidy plan that allows us to ask for money for this project.”