Is there an end in sight to this construction madness? Not really, city says

The Turcot interchange rebuild may be coming to an end soon, but on Montreal's streets, expect the Roaring '20s to continue roaring with construction machinery.

City spokesperson Philippe Sabourin told CJAD 800's Leslie Roberts that decades of neglect and lack of funds going toward fixing Montreal's aging infrastructure means we'll be looking at 10 more years of construction nightmares — at least.

"It's not a short term pain, it's going to be long," Sabourin says. "We'll need 10 years to fix the situation."

Sabourin adds motorists would be well advised to plan their commutes in advance — that is, if they aren't doing that already.

"People will have to get used to planning their moves, every day, by taking a look on the web application, [or by listening to] traffic reporters," Sabourin said.

At least half of the city's roads, he says, are in bad shape — and that's not taking into account the underground water and sewer infrastructure, which in some parts of town is in dire need of a fix. Some of the pipes running under the city's streets date back to the 19th century.

Sabourin does have a sliver of good news, however — because of the mostly sunny, dry conditions we've seen this past summer, many of the summer's construction projects have been completed well ahead of schedule.