10,000 signatures to demand from the Quebec Ministry of Transport the redevelopment of the intersection of Autoroute 640 and 25e Avenue in Saint-Eustache
The City of Saint-Eustache released the results of a petition demanding from the Quebec Ministry of Transport (MTQ) the redevelopment of the crossroads of highway 640 and 25th Avenue in Saint-Eustache.
This petition, launched by the City of Saint-Eustache last September, thus gathered the signatures of nearly 10,000 road users frequenting this busy sector, who thus informed the MTQ of their exasperation at the endemic congestion that is rampant in this strategic crossroads. Citizens who wished could also dial 511 and assert their demands in the face of the crossroads redevelopment file, which has dragged on for more than a decade.
“It seems that citizen pressure is already bearing some fruit, since after months of silence, the City has finally received a summons from the MTQ to a meeting, in order to discuss the elements likely to unblock this file, which is moreover entirely under provincial jurisdiction, I would like to point out. I congratulate the citizens who took the trouble to join their efforts with ours,” recalled the mayor of Saint-Eustache, Mr. Pierre Charron. The topics addressed at this meeting, the results of a traffic study by the MTQ, the results should be known in June, the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of 25th Avenue and rue Dubois, immediately upstream of the problematic crossroads, in anticipation of which the City of Saint-Eustache has already carried out the preparatory work.
But the heart of the discussion will focus on the need to review the complete configuration of the intersection, taking into account that it constitutes a route widely used by motorists coming from or heading to neighboring cities in full expansion. “As Highway 13 ends near Saint-Eustache and Boisbriand, motorists wanting to head towards certain sectors of Mirabel, which, it should be noted, have experienced a demographic explosion over the past decade, have no choice but to pass through the A-640/25th junction Avenue. This intolerably congests the sector, causes delays and pollution, harms the competitiveness of the region, not to mention the impacts on the quality of life “, said Pierre Charron, who added: ” Any temporary solution, synchronization of lights, development of a ramp, will undoubtedly alleviate the problem of congestion somewhat in the short term. But we must see further. Short term, these mitigation measures cannot be anything other than a bandage on an open wound, given the urban development which is increasing in the region more quickly than anywhere else in Quebec. The redevelopment of the 25th Avenue intersection and the extension of Autoroute 13 are required. The productivity of the whole region depends on it ”.