New light configuration should ease traffic woes at busy Vaudreuil-Dorion intersection
By John Jantak
PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK
Motorists heading westbound on Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes should be in for an easier ride with the installation of a new priority left turn to the light sequence after four years of negotiations with the Ministry of Transport.
Motorists travelling westbound on Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes will finally get some relief from the traffic that normally accumulates on the dedicated left turn lane at the intersection with Boulevard de la Gare.
Vaudreuil-Dorion announced that after more than four years of negotiations between the city and the provincial Ministry of Transport (MTQ), the MTQ will add the priority left turn lane to the traffic light sequence at the intersection. The intersection is located near the site of the former Flying J truck stop.
The city noted that several complaints have been made by motorists about the dangerous intersection and the long wait time. The city has been aware of this situation for many years. Mayor Guy Pilon said if the traffic lights at the intersection had been had been under the city’s jurisdiction, the sequence would have been changed a long time ago.
“This intersection is the responsibility of the MTQ so we had to wait for them to give their authorization. We increased the number of requests we made and our director general finally managed to finalize an agreement with the MTQ,” said Pilon. Changes to the traffic light sequence are expected to be made by December 18.
PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO
Whether it’s due to the pandemic or the increase in parcel volume, Canada Post workers are reporting an increase in rude behaviour from customers and the Town of Vaudreuil-Dorion is reaching out to MP Peter Schiefke for possible solutions.
Security requested for post offices
Vaudreuil-Dorion council has made a request to Vaudreuil-Soulanges federal MP Peter Schiefke to see if there is anything he can do to help stem a reported loss of personnel at various postal outlets in the city due to abusive and aggressive customers. The issue was raised at the Monday evening council meeting on December 7.
Mayor Guy Pilon said he’s concerned by the loss of postal workers because it could have a negative impact on the city’s 42,000 residents.
“The problem is the post office doesn’t have people who want to work for them anymore because the customers are very impolite and aggressive and Canada Post is losing their employees,” said Pilon. “We want to make sure Mr. Schiefke knows about this issue and to see if there’s anything that can be done to keep people from quitting such as putting a security person at each outlet.”
Bringing Christmas cheer to the needy
Vaudreuil-Dorion council welcomed a recent initiative from the city’s white collar union, blue collar union, firefighters union and its association of executives which recently united to make a donation to the l’Actuel volunteer organization which helps provide relief to families who are undergoing hardship at this time of the year.
Each of the four groups contributed $1000 and city council added an additional $1000 for a total of $5000. “We won't be able to hold social events this holiday season so we decided why not use a portion of that amount and give to those who are going through a more difficult time?” said white collar union president Maurice Pilon.
Holiday Solidarity project
The Holiday Solidarity project was launched by the city last year and is aimed at making the daily life of people who are undergoing a difficult time financially a little bit easier. “The idea came from a member of our executive who suggested extending the initiative to other labour organizations in the city in order to show a gesture of solidarity with those in need. The response was quick and unanimous,” added Maurice Pilon.
The city is also inviting businesses in the region to organize their own collections for L’Actuel because of the increasing need for food assistance during the pandemic, not only for Christmas, but also into the first few months of the New Year.
‘A chain of solidarity’
“Let's make a difference in our community by helping those who are going through difficult times. Let's form a chain of solidarity that will sweeten the holidays for some of our fellow citizens. It’s a small gesture that can have a significant impact in the lives of many people,” said the mayor.
Companies and businesses interested in participating in the L’Actuel Volunteer Action Center's campaign can consult the organization’s website or contact Vanessa Gagné at (450) 455-3331, ext. 225.