WATCH: City to spend big on infrastructure improvements in 2018
The city is planning to spend more than a billion dollars on infrastructure improvements this year — and that means all those orange cones won't be going anywhere anytime soon.
The city is setting aside $1.2 billion in 2018 — $490 million more than in 2017 — as part of a long-term effort to upgrade the city's aging roads, water mains and sewers.
The bulk of that money will go toward reconstruction projects in the South West borough, where the infrastructure work is badly needed.
Sylvain Ouellet, the executive committee member responsible for infrastructure management, says the city has taken steps this time to make sure that Hydro-Quebec, Bell, sewer and water main work is all done at the same time, to ensure a street which has been worked on isn't torn up again to do other work.
"When we dig a road, we want to improve all those infrastructures at the same time," Ouellet says, "so the total length of the closure of the street can be minimal."
Motorists tired of orange cones and traffic congestion won't get much relief, but the city says the roadwork is necessary because of decades of neglect of its underground infrastructure.
-CJAD 800's Emily Campbell contributed to this report.