Update - Pedestrian crossing on Boulevard Don-Quichotte and Rue de la Plaza
PHOTO COURTESY STÉPHANE LABRIE
The busy intersection on Don-Quichotte Boulevard and de la Plaza in Île-Perrot must be crossed by residents at the Lilo retirement home to access local businesses and the grocery store.
A delay in making the pedestrian crosswalk safer at a busy intersection in Île-Perrot has been blamed on a temporarily unavailable part prompting Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols to issue a communiqué addressing the issue with local residents.
The intersection is frequently used by pedestrians crossing Boulevard Don-Quichotte to access the shopping center with local services including the IGA grocery store, Caisse populaire and Tim Hortons. The pedestrian crossing is currently done in two stages since there are four traffic lanes including a median in the middle. Its redevelopment is being carried out in collaboration between the Ville de l’Île Perrot and the Quebec Ministry of Transport (MTQ).
“For the Boulevard Don-Quichotte project, I can confirm that the required equipment has been ordered and that the project should be able to be finalized quickly after receipt of the material,” said Rogério Correia, Director General of Coordination and Environmental Relations for the Ministry of Transport, responded,” after enquiries made by the city on June 29.
“My concern is for the safety of citizen-users, especially the nearby residents of Lilo retirement home who I suspect don't dare to venture into the crossing of a busy boulevard like Don-Quichotte,” said Nichols.
"I understand the impatience of the Ville de l’Île Perrot and of Groupe Maurice, owner of the Lilo residence. I assure you that the regional management of the MTQ as well as the Minister of Transport François Bonnardel, are aware of the situation. Moreover, the city and the Groupe Maurice recently sent a resolution from the city council and a letter of support, taking care to copy the MNA for Soulanges, Marilyne Picard,” emphasized Nichols. “I will make sure to follow up with them and I want the crossing to become functional and safe quickly.”