Residents near downtown construction zone still waiting for safety measures after fatal accident

Residents living near the old Montreal Children's Hospital where condos are being built say the city of Montreal hasn't done anything to make the area safer after a woman was struck and killed by a truck near the construction zone in December.

Rafael Scapin, who has been living in the Shaughnessy Village for ten years, said he doesn't know what the city is waiting for.

"It's a residential area, a lot of people just walk by - kids, older people - so some measures should be taken," said Scapin in an interview with CJAD 800.

Residents in Shaughnessy Village say nothing has been done since a woman was struck and killed at this intersection in Dec. by a truck coming from the condo construction site at the old Montreal Children’s Hospital. They say trucks are zipping around here too fast. #CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/mGqOBMDODA

— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) February 11, 2019

On December 12 last year,  a pedestrian was crossing Atwater at Tupper when a truck hit her as the motorist was turning left, heading south on Atwater.

Montreal mayor Valérie Plante said she's aware residents are concerned about safety in the area and that they are working on it, adding they need a global plan.

"That area is not an easy one and it does take time," said Plante.

"I know that for citizens, sometimes it's, "Just put a light" or just do this or that and I'm not saying it's not a good thing. What we need as a city, we need to think about the city as a whole as well."

Plante said that includes measures such as safety corridors for trucks near construction sites.

Mayor Valérie Plante says she’s aware of residents’ concerns about safety near old Mtl Children’s Hospital where condos are being built & they’re working on it.Says they need global plan & Vision Zero road safety plan coming this spring, incl safety corridors for trucks.#CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/FamPmRqfQU

— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) February 11, 2019

"When you start a development like this, that should be done before, not waiting for something to happen. It happened already, somebody died over there," said Scapin.

Plante said their Vision Zero road safety plan is expected this spring.

A spokesman for Devimco, the company in charge of the condo development, said they are following the norms in place, including having a worker placed at the entrance of the site to direct the trucks and other traffic.

The city of Westmount has said they are also waiting for a complete report on the accident since it technically happened on the Westmount side of the street.

Lots of trucks coming in & out around the site of old Montreal Children’s Hospital where condos are going up,right across Atwater bus hub.Counted 4 leaving the site in couple of minutes.Residents concerned about safety after fatal accident involving a truck here in Dec. #CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/L5H5bGXSkX

— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) February 11, 2019