It’s about to get just a bit easier, and yet more difficult, to drive through Cartierville and Ville-Saint Laurent.
The city has presented its plan for making sure the residents on or near Toupin Blvd. don’t get overwhelmed with through traffic when Cavendish Blvd. is extended north to Henri-Bourassa.
The main focus is to get people coming to and from Laval to use the arteries: Highway 13 and Marcel-Laurin/Laurentien.
For the full details, you can see the slideshow (PDF), which has crazy details like counting the number of cars through each intersection and including the width of lanes and stuff.
But here’s the skinny for drivers:
- Vehicles will not be allowed straight through from Toupin onto Cavendish and vice-versa. Period.
- A dedicated bike lane will be installed on the Cavendish extension, and one of those middle-of-the-road bike lanes on Toupin Blvd. in both directions.
- A concrete median will be installed on Henri-Bourassa preventing traffic from turning left onto side streets to get around the restriction.
- Two streets east of Toupin will be made one-way (the directions above are random; it’s unclear which road is in which direction)
- A second left turning lane will be installed on Henri-Bourassa at Marcel-Laurin to accommodate an increase in traffic. Marcel-Laurin will be modified to better accommodate the traffic as well, including synchronized lights.
- Public transit on Henri-Bourassa will be modified in some mysterious way, also to coincide with a new train station at Highway 13 on the Montreal-Deux-Montagnes line.
- A troll will be stationed during rush hours on Toupin Blvd. and will spit at your car if it thinks you’re trying to find a shortcut to Laval.
OK, I made that last one up.