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New dedicated left turn lane part of Vaudreuil-Dorion infrastructure improvements


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Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon said a new exclusive left turn lane that will be built on Boulevard de la Cité-Des-Jeunes at Boulevard de la Gare near Rue Dutrisac will improve traffic flow and increase safety for cyclists who use the bicycle lane.

Three infrastructure projects are on the agenda in Vaudreuil-Dorion, including the construction of a dedicated left turn lane on Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes at the intersection of Boulevard de la Gare, just west of Rue Dutrisac near city hall.

The announcements were made during the May 22 council meeting and are part of the city’s ongoing infrastructure improvement program. The left turn lane will help to improve the traffic situation on Cité-des-Jeunes, said Mayor Guy Pilon.

Cité-des-Jeunes only has two eastbound lanes. Currently, there is a priority green flashing light for traffic turning left onto de la Gare that allows motorists to turn left until the light becomes solid green.

Improving traffic flow

“After the change, there will be two dedicated through lanes for motorists heading east towards Avenue St. Charles and Highway 40. People won’t be stuck behind a car that’s waiting to turn left. It will improve traffic fluidity on this corner,” Pilon told The Journal.

Additional traffic signals will be installed on Cité-des-Jeunes to improve security for cyclists who want to cross de la Gare. “We want to make the intersection safer. There is no priority light for the bicycle path now. Drivers will not be able to turn left when a cyclist pushes the new signal button,” said Pilon.

Train station parking lot expansion

A major reconfiguration is currently underway at the Boulevard de la Gare commuter train station to handle more buses, improve drop-off traffic and increase the number of parking spots.

The expansion is located at the eastern parking lot on Rue Boileau. The new parking spots will be built on land behind the current lot that was acquired a few years ago by the Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM).

It will help to offset the loss of about 60 to 80 parking spaces in the current lot that will be converted into bus lanes and stops. Construction of the new parking lot is taking place before the reconfiguration work starts to minimize any inconvenience to commuters, added Pilon

Cyclist/pedestrian tunnel

A tunnel will be built to connect Rue des Asters and Rue des Muguets with the educational campus at Cité-des-Jeunes. The project is still in the preliminary stage but the tunnel will provide a more accessible alternate for pedestrians and cyclists, said Mayor Pilon.

For residents who live just west of the campus and want to bike or walk there, their only option is along Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes. Direct access isn’t possible because the Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM) commuter rail line separates the two areas. Both the city and RTM will work on the project together, although the city will pick up the estimated $3.5 million price tag, said Pilon.

“Originally, there was a road that was supposed to cross over the track but it was never made. The underground link will benefit about 1,000 households. They will be able to reach the campus in a very secure way. The tunnel will be accessible for handicapped persons too,” said Pilon.

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