Terrasse-Vaudreuil railroad crossing improvements nearly finished
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
The closure of the railroad crossing at the western end of Terrasse-Vaudreuil meant a long detour for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians over to the only other point of entry or exit – the crossing on Boulevard Perrot to the east.
Work to complete restoration to the railroad crossing at 3rd Avenue in Terrasse-Vaudreuil is expected to be completed by early Friday morning, July 24. When finished, the work will improve the safety of motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians by providing a more level crossing surface.
“The rails had to be changed,” Terrasse-Vaudreuil Mayor Michel Boudreault told The Journal. “The last time it was done was maybe five years ago and it was time to do it again. This time they decided to do both railway crossings on Île-Perrot. The one in L’Île-Perrot North was done two weeks ago and the crossing in Terrasse-Vaudreuil is being done this week.”
Inconvenient but necessary
The closure of the Terrasse-Vaudreuil railroad crossing has meant that motorists have had to enter and exit the town at the junction of Highway 20 and Perrot Boulevard North. “It’s inconvenient but there is another access. We didn’t have a choice,” said Boudreault.
Pedestrians and bicyclists are also prohibited from crossing the tracks while the restoration work is being done. “It’s hard for people who don’t have a car or who use a bicycle. There are security personnel there to prevent them from crossing the tracks because it’s dangerous. We don’t want to take any chances. It’s for the security of the people,” he added.
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
The asphalt surface of the crossing will be replaced with a concrete slab which will allow any future repairs to be carried out much more quickly.
Emergency personnel notified
All emergency personnel were notified of the rail crossing closure and have been advised to enter the municipality through Perrot Blvd. North in the interim. Concrete slabs are being installed alongside the tracks at the crossing which have proven to be more durable than repaving the crossing with asphalt, according to Boudreault.
“It’s much easier to repair than asphalt. With the new slabs, it would only take one day to replace the tracks instead of the five days it takes to pave it over with asphalt,” said Boudreault.
Overpass or underpass still required
The city is also anxious to have either an overpass or underpass built at the railroad crossing in Terrasse-Vaudreuil that would allow cyclists, pedestrians and emergency vehicles unimpeded access in a safe environment. “We’re still working with the provincial and federal governments and CN, CP and Exo,” said Boudreault.
“They told us it would cost around $5 to $8 million. It’s expensive but we still want it. We’re supposed to have a meeting at the end of August so we’re waiting,” Boudreault added.
The city has also been in contact with the provincial Ministry of Transport and Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols to request a timing recalibration for the traffic lights at the intersection of the Highway 20 exit ramp and 3rd Avenue. The current traffic light sequence only allows for about three to four cars at a time to turn right onto 3rd Avenue at the exit ramp, said Boudreault.