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Pincourt announces traffic study call for tender


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

A backlog of cars on Boulevard Cardinal-Léger South at Boulevard du Traversier in Pincourt tries to approach the on-ramps to Highway 20 on May 11, 2018. The town issued a call to tender to hire a firm to conduct a study on traffic flow throughout the municipality, including to and from Highway 20.

A call for tender was recently announced by the Town of Pincourt to hire an independent firm that will prepare a study on traffic flow throughout the municipality to determine which areas are problematic and suggest possible solutions to ease congestion.

“It’s for security purposes,” said Town Manager Michel Perrier. “We want to know what we can do to improve security for everyone who uses our streets – drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and young families. We’re putting a lot of emphasis on security, traffic control and improvement, and improving traffic circulation,” Perrier told The Journal.

Part of the analysis will focus on traffic circulation around the town’s three elementary schools and one high school. It will be completed by mid-June.

“This phase has to be done before school ends. Most of the rest of the surveys regarding traffic on our major roads and collector streets will be done by mid-July, before the start of the annual summer construction shut-down. We expect the report to be submitted to us by this fall,” said Perrier.

Highway 20 congestion

The study will also focus on the increase in traffic along Highway 20 West towards Vaudreuil-Dorion from Pincourt during the afternoon rush hour. Regular bottlenecks have impacted motorists trying to access the highway from Boulevard Cardinal-Léger and further east from Boulevard de l’Île.

Mayor Yvan Cardinal said part of the problem is because the highway was never completed properly which would have bypassed Harwood Boulevard. “We definitely believe that a lot of it comes from the fact that the highway is not truly a highway,” said Cardinal. “It has to be looked at.”

One of the big problems associated with traffic has to do with the unprecedented congestion of Highway 20 from the on-ramp at the northern end of Cardinal-Léger at the highway entrance. Several regional mayors including Cardinal have been calling on the provincial government to do the necessary work to complete Highway 20, which would also include revamping all the entrances and exits on the Island of Île-Perrot.

“We’re not saying there are no improvements that have to be done within our local network,” said Perrier. “We think the major problem is about access to and from the highway. We want to find ways to facilitate access and we also want to improve our local network within the scope of the security aspects.”

Cardinal-Léger congestion

Some residents at the council meeting on May 8 called on the city to start finding solutions to the increase in afternoon rush-hour traffic along Cardinal-Léger south of Fifth Avenue. The town is considering eliminating the reserved bicycle lane which would allow two-lane traffic up until Forest Avenue, said Cardinal.

The conversion two-years ago of Chemin Duhamel at the intersection of Cardinal-Léger north to Avenue Monseigneur-Langlois into a year-round multi-use pathway and a one-way northbound street is another issue that still upsets some commuters and residents. They feel the increase in traffic on Cardinal-Léger is directly linked to the conversion.

Some residents feel Duhamel should be permanently reconverted to allow two-way traffic year-round. One resident offered a compromise solution – convert the street for the summer and make it a two-way street the rest of the year. Mayor Cardinal said Duhamel will remain a one-way road and multi-use path year-round.

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