Community picnic on L’Île-des-Sœurs a success

More than 200 people in L’Île-des-Sœurs accepted Signature on the Saint Lawrence’s invitation, joining us for lunch on a gorgeous fall day at Parc de l’Esplanade de la Pointe Nord on Saturday. The project’s Director of Coordination, Daniel Genest, and the Communications team were on hand to exchange with residents and answer their questions about progress on the new Champlain Bridge.

While children got fun makeup and played in the inflatable games, their parents were able to get some information on the project and voice their concerns about the work and traffic disruptions it will require.

As for mobility, L’Île-des-Sœurs residents received some good news, as SSL explained, among other things,  the  opening of the new Gaétan Laberge Boulevard and exit 60 on Hwy-15 North. What’s more, the initial plans for closing the access ramp to the 15 North have been revised, and the access road will now stay open. SSL is working to find a safe solution to keep this access open to traffic while continuing its operations in the area. 

There were also many questions about René Lévesque Boulevard. SSL, along with the City of Montreal, the Verdun Borough and INFC, in particular, is working hard to find the best solution possible for everyone’s safety, with the most acceptable impact for citizens, as major construction lies ahead in the area in 2018. Meanwhile, there will be a partial closure in October as preparations begin for the construction of overpasses in the neighbourhood.

Some people at the picnic wanted to know more about the construction of the pedestrian tunnel of the future REM station, while others wondered about the closure of Exit 57 off Hwy-15 South, which was scheduled to take place soon but has been postponed.

Your next chance to stay informed will be the Verdun and Le Sud-Ouest Good Neighbourly Relations Committee meeting in the second half of November. The date will be announced shortly.