MONTREAL – Like- minded people gathered Sunday to ask the Quebec government to reinstate the slab project that had been promised with the new Turcot interchange.
The organizers of the gathering hope that this citizen mobilization convinces the government to reverse its decision to abandon a project of pedestrian and bicycle path integrating into the new interchange Turcot.
Municipal and provincial elected officials also took part in the demonstration, held near the Lachine Canal.
The project in question, a bridge made of a concrete slab, was to start from the St-Jacques cliff to the Lachine Canal.
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This would make it possible to open up two districts currently separated by Highway 20, namely Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace and the Southwest.
The development of the bridge was part of the initial announcement of the redevelopment project for the Turcot interchange, but the idea has since been abandoned by Quebec, which now considers it too costly.
Construction is estimated at $ 40 million, while the Turcot interchange is estimated at $ 4 billion.
Thousands of citizens nevertheless continue to campaign for the garden slab. A petition of more than 10,000 signatures was sent to the government to demand this pedestrian and bicycle passage.
Some municipal politicians were willing to accept a less ambitious project in terms of costs. Notre-Dame-de-Grâce District Councilor Peter McQueen estimated that $ 10 million or $ 20 million would be enough to build the bridge.
Meanwhile, Mayor of the Southwest, Benoit Dorais, argues that the project is feasible and that the government is “quite capable” of including it in the budget.