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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.

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.


Paving of the path and rehabilitation of the Wellington tunnels

Montréal (Québec), November 3, 2016 - Work will soon start on both the Lachine Canal path and the Wellington tunnels. This work is part of Parks Canada’s unprecedented $3 billion dollars investment over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas.

Paving of the Lachine Canal Path
Paving work will be done on certain sections of the Lachine Canal path. On the south side, work will be between Mill Bridge and the Peel Basin, and near the Charlevoix Bridge, and on the north side, near lock No. 4. This work will improve the condition of the path and ensure the safety of its users.

The work will be conducted from November 10 to 11, 2016, between 9:00 p.m. and noon (work postponed to November 14, 2016 in the event of rain). A section of the path between Mill Bridge and the Peel Basin will be closed to traffic during this period. Access to the section near the Charlevoix Bridge and on the north side could be restricted. Parks Canada asks everyone to exercise patience and caution in addition to respecting the temporary signage in place during this work.

Wellington Tunnels
Starting in November 2016, Parks Canada will undertake work on the north and south Wellington tunnels, located under the Wellington Bridge which spans the Lachine Canal. The objective of the work is to rehabilitate the two tunnel drainage systems to ensure the safe passage of the thousands of people who use these two tunnels each year.

For a period of approximately eight weeks, this work will require the complete closure of the north Wellington tunnel and a reduction in the width of the Wellington tunnel south side path. During the work, users are asked to use the clearly identified bypass lanes and obey the temporary signs. Parks Canada has planned this work so as to minimize the impact on all users of the Lachine Canal path, which is maintained annually from April 15th to November 15th.

Detour for the Wellington north tunnel:

Detour for the Wellington north tunnel

Upcoming Work on the LaSalle-Coke Crane, Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Montréal (Quebec), October 7, 2016 - Work will be carried out 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.

The LaSalle-Coke on the shore of the Lachine Canal 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.

Detour: construction of the Lachine Canal bridge
Download the plan of the detour of the Lachine Canal bridge
(PDF 361 Kb)

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 turcot.commentaires@mtq.gouv.qc.ca, 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 info-travaux@ville.montreal.qc.ca