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Avenue Dollard to Become Safer and More User-Friendly

11 mars 2016

Montréal, le 11 mars 2016 - On March 8, following the three consultation evenings held last November, December and January, the Borough unveiled the option chosen for the reconfiguration of avenue Dollard, between Gloria and Jean-Brillon.

"The chosen option will make avenue Dollard safer and more user-friendly for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists," Mayor Manon Bare was delighted to announce. "We took into account the various comments and suggestions made by residents and merchants in order to improve the project. Bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks and urban furniture, for example, will be set up—requests expressed by many people all throughout the consultation process."

The chosen option
• 4 traffic lanes—2 in each direction. Two of them will be slightly wider to make it easier for trucks and buses to get around.

• 2 bicycle lanes—one in each direction, between the sidewalk and the street

• The sidewalks will be made more than 2 metres wider in order to ensure pedestrians' safety and make it possible for urban furniture (benches, litter baskets and bike racks) to be installed.

• On the median strip, trees will be planted and street lights installed.

• The current signs on commercial establishments will be removed and a new bylaw will allow signs on private property.

Summary of public consultation
• On November 18, 2015, the merchants and residents along avenue Dollard and neighbouring streets took part in a characterization workshop. Based on the comments gathered, the City's urbanistic needs and the budgets set aside for the work, three configuration proposals were developed.

• On December 9, all residents were invited to a consultation evening. A landscape architect and traffic engineer from the Aecom consulting firm presented the three  configurations proposed and then gathered comments from merchants and residents. The opinions expressed during that evening helped the consultants develop a proposal taking into account the needs and expectations of avenue Dollard users.

• On January 20, LaSalle residents were invited to a third consultation evening.  Representatives from the consulting firm, along with two Borough representatives, questioned residents and merchants about the choices considered, taking into account the constraints introduced by setting up bicycle lanes and facilitating the circulation of emergency vehicles along avenue Dollard. The opinions expressed helped the consultants define the final proposal.

Next steps
The plans and specifications are currently being drafted. A working group of merchants and Borough employees will soon be formed to manage the impacts of this project all throughout the work operations. The work itself is expected to get under way at the end of this summer. It will be carried out by the Borough and funded by the City, within its program to repair local roads and arteries.