• John Jantak

Dumberry bike path in Vaudreuil Dorion will be paved by early November


The long-awaited bike path in Vaudreuil-Dorion adjacent to Chemin Dumberry is scheduled for paving by mid-November and the two-kilometre stretch will bring the town’s current total bicycle path network to 24.5 kilometres.

Cyclists and rollerbladers who have been eagerly awaiting completion of the bicycle path adjacent to Dumberry Street next to westbound Highway 40 can expect to cycle atop a freshly laid asphalt surface by the second week of November, according to Vaudreuil-Dorion city officials.

Work on the two-lane bike path, between Besner Street and des Cheneaux Road, began last fall. The city’s public works employees began carving out the trail into existing grassy areas at the time. The large buffer between the path and Dumberry was created intentionally as a safety measure for cyclists, pedestrians, in-line skaters, joggers and everyone else who will use the path.

A segment also had to be reviewed by Trans Canada Pipeline. They approved the project at the end of last year, said Communications Officer Jessica Genest. Even though the path has been a gravel-topped trail since last fall, it was still used by some cyclists and pedestrians up until the snow arrived.

Paving contract

Work to complete the foundation resumed this spring and continued into the summer. The city issued a call to tender in late summer to hire a private paving contractor. Council announced at its public session on October 2 that a contract totalling just over $450,000 including taxes was awarded to the lowest bidder, Les Pavages Théorêt of Saint-Lazare.

Vaudreuil-Dorion also had to make an arrangement with its neighbour Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac because the green space on Dumberry next to the Excelitas Technologies building belongs to the other municipality.

Completion by November 9

The paving work will take about four weeks and is scheduled to be completed by November 9. This should give hardy cyclists enough time to ride on the newest addition to the city’s extensive bike path network before frigid winter weather finally settles into the region.

Completion of the approximately two-kilometre stretch of Dumberry will bring Vaudreuil-Dorion’s current total bicycle path network to 24.5 kilometres. Its network will continue to increase as more paths and improvements are added in following years. Harwood Route 342 now includes a paved shoulder for cyclists on both sides of the road.

More new bike paths

Another new bike path that will connect Henry-Ford Street to Cité-des-Jeunes Boulevard will be accessible to pedestrians and cyclists before the end of 2018. Plans and specifications for another cyclist/pedestrian access over the Quinchien River between Des Nénuphars Street and Cité-des-Jeunes Boulevard are also being prepared. Work for this project is slated to be carried out in late 2018 or early 2019.

Another multipurpose bike path is being built on Harwood Boulevard between the Taschereau Bridge and Saint-Jean-Baptiste Avenue. A bike lane segment will be added on Ouimet Street between Cité-des-Jeunes Boulevard and Briand Street, and a new bike lane will be built between Larivée and Adam Streets this fall. The bike path network also connects to the city’s large resource of parks and other recreational sites.