Lachine Canal National Historic Site
Canadian National work and detours on the Lachine Canal’s path
Montreal, Quebec, March 20, 2017 Starting the week of March 20, 2017, Canadian National (CN) will begin work under the railway bridge crossing the Lachine Canal to the east of Wellington Street. The objective of this work is to repair the subsidence located behind the bridge abutments on each side of the canal.
This work will require the closing of the north and south sections of the Lachine Canal’s path under the railway bridge. Detours will be put in place by the CN to maintain the flow of traffic.
The work is expected to be spread over a period of four weeks and be completed by the end of April 2017. All users are asked to exercise caution and to follow the routes indicated by the signage.
For any questions about this project, please contact the CN at 1-888-888-5909.
Vegetation clearing in and near the Lachine Canal’s walls
Preparatory work for repairs on the Lachine Canal walls to start.
Montréal (Quebec), March 10, 2017 – Parks Canada will begin to clear vegetation from the retaining walls on the north and south sides of the Lachine Canal, between the Gauron and Lafleur bridges and the Des Seigneurs Bridge. The removal of the vegetation will allow for necessary repairs on the canal walls to ensure the long-term preservation of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site.
Major repairs have been carried out on the walls of the Lachine Canal, and more work is planned for the next few years.© Parks Canada
The retaining walls are representative elements of the canal’s development and construction techniques used over the course of a century. They are also a necessary asset for navigational purposes and to support the rich and diversified activities offered along the banks of the Lachine Canal.
The tree cover along the Lachine Canal and the abundant greenery in and along the retaining walls has grown considerably over the past few years, and is impeding their safeguarding and maintenance. To protect the retaining walls and enable repairs over the next few years, Parks Canada will begin removing the vegetation in specific areas of the Lachine Canal.
As part of this work, several ash trees affected by the invasive emerald ash borer will also be removed. Parks Canada is working with stakeholders, including local boroughs, taking necessary action to prevent the emerald ash borer infestation from spreading and to ensure the protection of the environment and the public, while continuing to identify the best possible solutions to control the spread of this insect.
Parks Canada is working on developing an action plan to ensure the long-term maintenance of the vegetation cover at the Lachine Canal, to preserve the canal’s natural beauty while protecting the historic integrity of this exceptional site. In this regard, mitigation measures, which may include planting trees in suitable locations, will be put in place once the walls have been repaired, to limit the environmental impacts of this work.
The clearing of the vegetation will begin in March 2017 and will take several weeks. It will be performed outside the nesting periods of migratory birds. The Lachine Canal’s path may at times be obstructed because of the work and all work areas will be marked off with traffic cones. Parks Canada asks everyone to exercise caution and to obey the temporary signage.
Parks Canada is undertaking work on the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier footbridge at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site
Temporary closure of the footbridge planned for February 2017
Montréal (Quebec), January 27, 2017 - Work will be undertaken on the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier footbridge at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site to ensure its sustainability, while guaranteeing a quality and safe visitor experience to the users of the Lachine Canal. Included in the work is the rehabilitation of the deck, the expansion joints and the abutments, as well as the cleaning and painting of the steel structure.
The Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier footbridge at the Lachine Canal
© Parks Canada
This important project, which will last about 12 weeks, will begin in February and will require the complete closure of the footbridge until April 2017. Parks Canada will install a temporary footbridge near Lock No. 4, to ensure continued access from one side of the canal to the other in this sector while the work is ongoing.
Parks Canada has planned this work, during the winter and early spring months, so as to minimize the impact on all users and residents. The public is asked to exercise patience and caution in addition to respecting the temporary signage.
Parks Canada is committed to the sustainability of historic canals and nearby communities and is investing more than $173 million over five years at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. The projects completed as part of this investment will ensure the quality and reliability of visitor facilities, helping Canadians to connect with our natural and cultural heritage, while supporting the regional economy and contributing to the growth of the tourism sector over the long-term.
Detour and temporary footbridge
© Parks Canada / Map data © 2017 Google
Work by the City of Montréal on Saint-Patrick Street
Montréal (Quebec), November 21, 2016 – The City of Montréal is working on rebuilding a sewer pipe and water mains, along with road and lighting infrastructures on Saint-Patrick Street between Charlevoix Street and Atwater Avenue until November 2017.
This work will result in partial obstructions and closures of stretches of Saint-Patrick Street, as well as the reconfiguration of the Lachine Canal’s path in the area near Charlevoix Street. Deviations of the path are to be expected.
Various measures have been put in place to ensure the flow of traffic in the area as the work site progresses. The City of Montréal asks users to exercise caution and to follow the optional routes and detours indicated by the signage.
For any question on this work, please phone the Info-Travaux Hotline at 514-872-3777. When planning your travels, please consult http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/chantiers (in French only) or follow the www.twitter.com/Mtl_Circulation.
Repair work on the retaining walls, Lachine Canal National Historic Site
Montréal (Quebec), November 21, 2016 – Work has begun on the retaining walls located on the south side of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, between Monk Bridge and Irwin Street, and between Léger and Lapierre streets. The purpose of this work is to repair and replace sections of the retaining walls to ensure the preservation of this heritage asset. Work will continue until the end of March 2017.
Parks Canada is carrying out work on the Lachine Canal’s retaining walls
© Parks Canada
The retaining walls are representative elements of the canal’s development and construction techniques used over the course of a century and are essential to its overall structure, as they hold back the weight of the earth and protect the banks. They are also a necessary asset for both navigational purposes and to support the rich and diversified activities offered along the banks.
This work will require the removal of approximately twenty trees, most of which are ash trees affected by the invasive emerald ash borer. These trees are located along the walls, in areas where the repairs are being carried out, and pose a threat to the long-term preservation of the canal walls.
Parks Canada will remove vegetation in a targeted manner, ensuring the preservation of trees of ecological value, as well as maintaining those that are located away from work area and of no threat to the walls. Mitigation measures for maintaining vegetation cover at the Lachine Canal, such as the planting of new trees at locations deemed appropriate, will be implemented to reduce the environmental impact of this work. In this way, Parks Canada is working to preserve the natural beauty of the canal while protecting the historical integrity of this exceptional site.
Parks Canada is investing more than $173 million over five years in the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, as part of its $3 billion infrastructure investment to support national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas. This major investment will make it possible to upgrade numerous structural elements of the waterway, ensuring a safe and high-quality experience for the more than one million people who visit the site each year, while supporting local economies and contributing to the growth of the tourism industry.
Work on the LaSalle-Coke Crane, Lachine Canal National Historic Site
Montréal (Quebec), October 7, 2016 - Parks Canada is carrying out work on the LaSalle-Coke Crane, located on the south side of the Lachine Canal, near Trinitaires Boulevard in LaSalle. The purpose of this work is to improve the condition and stability of this historic structure, with the aim of increasing its life span.
Today, the LaSalle-Coke Crane is the only remnant of a structure used for the unloading of ships still present along the Lachine Canal
© Parks Canada
As a first step, work will begin with dismantling of the electromechanical equipment cabins, which will lighten the crane to maintain it in a safe condition. This work will begin in October 2016 and is expected to be complete in November 2016. During this process, on occasion barriers may be placed on Saint-Patrick Street and Parks Canada asks the public to exercise patience and caution, in addition to respecting temporary signage in place.
Once the work of removing the excess weight is completed, Parks Canada will then analyze the structure’s condition to determine and plan the required next steps in this project. More information will be provided in due course.
A major landmark of the Lachine Canal’s landscape, the LaSalle-Coke Crane was used by LaSalle Gas Works for its manufactured gas production plant. Built around 1914, this steel structure was used to unload the coal that was used to power the plant. Operational until 1967, the LaSalle-Coke Crane is one of the last structures from the commercial-shipping period of the industries of the Lachine Canal and is one of the last remaining examples of coal-unloading cranes in Canada and around the world.
Construction of the Lachine Canal Bridge by KPH Turcot
Montréal (Quebec), March 18, 2016 – Construction of the Lachine Canal Bridge’s foundations will begin this spring. The work will be carried out by KPH Turcot as part of the reconstruction work of the Turcot Interchange. This major project will require the closure of the southern (March 2016) and northern (Fall 2016) sections of the Lachine Canal’s path situated under Autoroute 15.
As of March 14, 2016, the section of the path located between Côte-Saint-Paul Bridge and Eadie Street will be inaccessible. Pedestrians and cyclists will be invited to use the George-Étienne-Cartier Footbridge to access the path on the north side of the Lachine Canal.
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As of Fall 2016, the section of the path located on the north side will also be closed. A detour will be put in place on the asphalt strip located at the north of the chemin de la Côte-Saint-Paul.
This important work will result in the deviation of the Lachine Canal’s path until 2019.
Various measures will be put in place by KPH Turcot to ensure the flow of traffic and the safety of users in the area as the work site progresses. Users are asked to exercise caution and follow the routes proposed by the signage.
For more information on this work, please contact the Turcot Project team at 514-873-1372 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or consult www.turcot.gouv.qc.ca.
Work by the City of Montréal on the structure of the Bonaventure Expressway
Montréal (Quebec), June 25, 2015 - The City of Montréal is continuing its work on the northern portion of the Bonaventure Expressway, resulting in a deviation of the portion of the Lachine Canal path which is located on de la Commune Street, under the Bonaventure Expressway, from July to November 2015 and 2016.
Various measures have been put in place to ensure the flow of traffic in the area as the work site progresses. The City of Montréal asks users to exercise caution and to follow the optional routes proposed by the signage.
When planning your travels, please consult http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/chantiers and communicate with the Info-Travaux Hotline for any and all questions at 514-872-3777 or 311 or email@example.com