Weekend Road Closures: Nov 8 - 13 - It's all bad
This weekend's road closures are so bad they needed an extra day head start.
The major headache will be the Turcot Interchange, but this time things will be a little different (a lot worse).
Crews will be demolishing a portion of the Highway 15 ramp that's more than 25 metres above the ground in the Turcot Interchange. This is no easy task and will cause "unprecedented" closures.
Starting Thursday at 11:59 P.M., the ramp connecting Route 136 west (new Ville Marie) to Highway 20 west will be closed until 5:00 A.M. Tuesday.
The closure will force anyone leaving downtown via the Ville Marie onto the northbound side of the Decarie Expressway.
As of Friday at 11:59 P.M. Highway 20 east will be closed at Turcot, forcing all motorists onto Highway 15 south. The closure will also be in place until Tuesday at 5:00 A.M.
Highway 15 north will see its own closure, starting Friday at 10:30 P.M. until Monday at 5:00 A.M. between Exit 58 and the bottom of the Decarie Expressway. Motorists will be forced to take the ramps onto Route 136 east (towards downtown) or to Highway 20 West (which will be closed during the overnight hours).
Drivers are being encouraged to use public transit. Special measures have been put in place to hopefully make it easier to get around between November 9 and 12.
- Free transport on train lines exo1 (Vaudreuil-Hudson) and exo4 (Candiac). A valid transit pass is still required for other train lines and other public transit networks.
- 14 more departures outside of rush hours on train line exo1 (Vaudreuil-Hudson) - Stops at the Dorval, Vendôme and Lucien-L'Allier stations only.
- 200 parking spaces available at the Les Jardins Dorval shopping centre. Access to the Dorval train station via a protected pedestrian path.
- Free shuttle service between the Châteauguay terminus and the Sainte-Catherine train station (exo4 line - Candiac) during rush hours.
- Bus lines 1 (Haut-Saint-Laurent sector) and 28 (Sud-Ouest sector) are rerouted to the Angrignon metro station. These buses normally go to the Mansfield terminus in Montréal. Users of these bus lines will receive free transit fares for the metro.
Trucks with three or more axles will not be barred from using the Interchange on Friday and Monday during rush hours.
To make a bad situation worse, on Monday while a spike in motorists will be using the approach to the Champlain Bridge; only one lane will be available on the Bonaventure Expressway between Carrie-Derick St. and Nuns' Island. The new configuration will be in place until the new Champlain Bridge opens (which was recently pushed back to June).
While the Turcot Interchange will be the major source of traffic headaches this weekend, there's more work to be done.
The Mercier Bridge will down to one lane in each direction from Friday at 10:00 P.M. to Monday at 5:00 A.M.
Highway 20 westbound will also be closed from the Pullman St. entrance to the St-Pierre Interchange from Friday 11:59 P.M. to Monday at 5:00 A.M.