Saint-Roch and Sainte-Foy: two sectors transformed by the tram

Saint-Roch et Sainte-Foy: deux secteurs métamorphosés par le tramway

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Taïeb Moalla

The tramway project to be unveiled little by little in its fine details, while the ministry of the Environment released this week hundreds of pages of documents on the environmental impacts of the network in the future. Here are six highlights that concern the sectors of Saint-Roch and Sainte-Foy.

Large flow on Hochelaga

On the boulevard Hochelaga, the average flow of vehicles will increase from 23 000 to 30 100 vehicles per day after the implementation of the network structure. Whether heading east or heading west, the journey times of motorists will increase on this road which will soon be expanded from four to six lanes.

On the other hand, the calculation of the time of course has taken into account the possibility that the two tracks added on Hochelaga are ultimately reserved for buses. But the decision has not been made yet, can it be inferred.

Journey time increased

To transit from the upper town to the lower town, is expected to increase journey times which will be mostly caused by “the effect of bottlenecks at the intersection Dorchester/Crown/side of Abraham”. This situation is already observed at the current time, but it will increase.

“Given that, in the morning rush hour traffic conditions on the axis of the Dorchester street are difficult, the increase in flows to ensure that delays are increased. However, the storage available on the street in Dorchester allows you to limit the extensions of files,” says-t-on. More generally, it is argued that the effects of changes to traffic will be most noticeable during the first year of commissioning of the network structure.

Reconfiguration

The gateway Adrien-Pouliot will not survive the construction of the tram. We will ensure the passage of pedestrians who cross the highway Laurentian by a “hub level”. The station Jean-Paul L’allier will be slightly displaced to be arranged between the boulevard Charest and rue Saint-Joseph, in order to avoid encroaching on the gardens of the same name. Also, we learn that the rue de la Pointe-aux-Lièvres street, between Red Cross and Boats, will be more accessible to motorists.

Acquisitions

The City would have to make nine acquisitions near the pole Saint-Roch, we learn. These are strips of land, and any acquisition of a property is not expected. Each owner is contacted directly by the project office. In the area of the pole Sainte-Foy, the acquisition only relates to commercial properties, specify the documents. The City shall compensate each owner and may proceed by way of expropriation if the two parties fail to reach an agreement.

Contamination

The excavation at both ends of the tunnel, or the corner of Maple and René-Lévesque boulevard and close to the gardens, Jean-Paul L’allier, will be under surveillance in order to reduce the dispersion in air of contaminants. The main sources will be blasting, loading of materials into trucks and transport. But it is anticipated exceedances of standards for 70 days dispersed over five years, in the worst case. Mitigation measures are provided.

Impact sound “strong” on the street of the fishing Trawler

The level of noise is referred to as a “fort” for several residences of the street of the fishing Trawler, in the district of Saint-Roch. “In front of the buildings located along the street of the fishing Trawler, the sound contribution of the tram dominates the highway noise, mainly due to the low traffic in this street”, know.

It says, “after the implementation of measures for the reduction of noise, no exceedance of the threshold values is not observed”, says one. For non-residential buildings sector, there is a “slight impact” sound at the factory Rothmans and the Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi de la Capitale-Nationale.

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