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Transport committee will look at improving traffic flow on Highway 20

New l’Île-aux-Tourtes bridge being planned

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Marie-Claude Nichols, the provincial Liberal MNA for Vaudreuil, announced a committee has been set up to study ways to improve the traffic flow on Highway 20 through L’Île-Perrot and a that new bridge will be built to replace the existing l’Île-aux-Tourtes span, during an interview with The Journal at her riding office in Vaudreuil-Dorion on July 17.

A committee has been set up to study the traffic flow along a seven kilometre stretch of Highway 20 from Île-Perrot through Vaudreuil-Dorion to the Highway 30 junction, said Marie-Claude Nichols, the Vaudreuil Liberal Member of the National Assembly (MNA).

“It’s a long-term project. We’re not going to change the road into a major highway by next year,” Nichols told The Journal during an interview at her constituency office in Vaudreuil-Dorion on July 17.

The committee will include the mayors of L’Île-Perrot, Pincourt, Terrasse-Vaudreuil, and Vaudreuil-Dorion who will present their suggestions on how traffic flow through their respective territories can be improved within the constraints of the current road configuration.

Interim measures

“I want to work with the mayors to take interim measures to try to improve the situation,” said Nichols. “Maybe the mayor of L’Île-Perrot will have an idea and the mayor of Pincourt another suggestion. This way we can work together to find solutions. I know it’s very complicated to exit L’Île-Perrot during rush hour. Maybe just changing the sequence of the traffic lights will help.”

The committee also has representatives from the provincial Ministry of Transport (MTQ), the Municipalité Régionale de Comté de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS), the Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM) and the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Meetings are scheduled this fall which will allow the respective municipalities and organizations to provide their submissions which will be used by the MTQ to prepare a synopsis of the recommendations that are made. A final report will issued by next spring.

Finding solutions

“Everybody will be sharing their problems and we will try to find solutions,” said Nichols. Previous proposals drawn up by the ministry to complete the long-anticipated conversion of Highway 20 through L’Île-Perrot and Vaudreuil-Dorion into a full-fledged autoroute are no longer valid because the plans no longer conform to today’s standards.

Area mayors have said the conversion would have helped alleviate the increasing traffic congestion now commonplace along the Highway 20-30-40 corridor as more people move to off-island municipalities.

New l’Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge

The MTQ is planning on building a new l’Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge to replace the existing concrete structure, Nichols also announced. “Now we’re working to determine on what side of the current bridge it’s going to be. We’re going to keep the current bridge until the new one is completed,” she said.

Nichols said the MTQ is currently focused on completing maintenance repairs on the l’Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge by the beginning of fall, continuing the reconfiguration work on the Turcot Interchange in downtown Montreal, and getting ready for a four-year refurbishment project for the Lafontaine Tunnel in east-end Montreal scheduled to begin next year.

“Eighty-eight per cent of the MTQ budget is for the active maintenance of roads and bridges like the l’Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge,” said Nichols. “This is why there is no money available in the budget right now for a new project for Highway 20.”

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