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Public consultation for new Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge continues


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

Citizens have the opportunity to participate in an online questionnaire concerning the construction of the replacement for the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge projected to be completed by 2030.

The second public consultation on the construction of a replacement Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge presented by the Quebec Ministry of Transport attracted approximately 40 citizens on Wednesday, March 27 at the George McLeish Community Centre in Senneville.

The consultation was comprised of an audio-visual presentation, several kiosks providing information on the proposed project and the opportunity to fill out an on-line questionnaire. Although all those options were in French, staff members were able to provide printed English translations of the AV presentation, the questionnaire and were able to answer questions in English. The online questionnaire is available to the public until Friday, April 12 by clicking here.

Additional bus and cyclist lanes

The proposed replacement bridge connecting Senneville to Vaudreuil-Dorion will be constructed on the north side of the current bridge in the upstream direction towards Lake of Two Mountains. On the west side, there will be three lanes for vehicular traffic such as cars and trucks, a dedicated public transit or bus lane, and a multi-purpose lane for cyclists and pedestrians. In the opposite direction, headed east towards Montreal, the layout will be the same with the absence of the cyclist/pedestrian lane. According to Ministry of Transport spokesperson Gilles Payer, studies have shown the proposed number of vehicular lanes will be sufficient to handle the volume of traffic.

“We expect the bus system to be very efficient,” said Payer noting that increased use of public transportation is expected in the coming decade. As for an extension of the light rail system currently being developed in the West Island of Montreal and other sectors, Payer said the proposed public transit or bus lane would be structurally capable of carrying that system.

A 10-year project

When asked if there was a definitive timeline for construction of the new bridge, Payer replied the project is currently in the planning and consultation stage.

“We expect to possibly have a completed bridge by 2030.”

The project has yet to go through an environmental assessment process to determine the effect of the construction on the environment including an archeological site on L’ Île-aux-Tourtes, the fish and aquatic life of the river, and the effect on local flora and fauna at the access points in Vaudreuil-Dorion and Senneville. The presentation guaranteed the project would not encroach on the archeological site.

Local response

“At the Municipalité régionale de comté Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS)

level, we passed a resolution asking for a potential REM line to be placed on the bridge,” Hudson Mayor Jamie Nicholls told The Journal on Monday, April 1.

“Hudson will be meeting with l’Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) later this month to discuss the transit options,” he added noting that Hudson currently has limited commuter train service.

“I think it simply makes sense to have a light rail system serving our region,” said Nicholls. He recommended keeping up the pressure at the regional level and to continue communicating with Soulanges MNA Marilyne Picard and Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols.

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