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Bridging the river for cyclists in Rigaud


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

Rigaud town council is hoping to use Rigaud-de-Cavagnal Bridge (in the background) as safer alternative for cyclists to cross the river rather than the abandoned railroad bridge.

At the July 9 monthly council meeting, Rigaud Council passed a resolution requesting permission from the Ministère des Transports, Mobilité durable et Électrification des transports du Québec (MTMEQ) to use the Rigaud-de-Cavagnal bridge as a link in the cycling trails to cross the Rigaud River. The bridge carries vehicular traffic on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Street West across the river. Originally, the proposed river crossing for cyclists was the abandoned railway bridge that runs parallel to the Rigaud-de-Cavagnal structure. According to the resolution, the estimated cost of renovating the abandoned structure exceeded $300,000. “We can’t afford to do that,” Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. told The Journal following the meeting. “We want to see if it’s possible to put a bicycle path across the Rigaud-de-Cavagnal bridge.”

Road safety issues

A resident from the Suroît Crescent neighbourhood raised concerns regarding pedestrian safety issues in the vicinity of the intersection of de la Cooperative Street and Saint-Jean-Baptiste Street East. Of particular concern was the safety of children and adults attempting to cross Saint-Jean-Baptiste Street that is the main east to west road through the town.

“We are very aware of the situation and agree with you that it is a dangerous situation,” the mayor replied adding it’s complicated by the fact that Saint-Jean-Baptiste Street is a provincial road and is the responsibility of the Quebec government. Councillor Danny Lalonde said in his report on public security that the Quebec government had commissioned a study of the situation in January, 2018. The mayor noted the town is working with the provincial government to find solutions to the problem.

Collection of household compostable matter

The collection of household compostable organic matter is slated to begin in autumn of 2018.

“During the coming months, there will be many announcements to keep our citizens up to date on what is happening,” said the mayor. The news was accompanied by a short video produced by the Municipalité régionale de comté Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS) that provided a description of acceptable compostable matter, mostly from the kitchen.

“We are counting on you for your collaboration,” said Gruenwald adding that the end result would be a compost material everyone would be able to use. Households would be supplied with two sizes of containers: a smaller one for the kitchen and a larger one to be kept outdoors.

Council meeting date change

Council approved a resolution to change the monthly council meeting date from Monday, September 10 to Monday, September 17. “The reason we are changing the date is because we will be leaving on a mission with the MRC-VS to explore the possibility of developing social housing,” said the mayor without revealing further details.

Watering ban continues

The ban on using potable water from the municipal water system in Rigaud continues until further notice. “Because there hasn’t been any rain, we have to be careful so that we don’t run out of water,” said Gruenwald. When asked if the ban applies to homeowners with private wells, the mayor replied it did not.

“It only applies to property owners connected to the city water system,” he reiterated.

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