On the 13th of April 2022 the City of Blainville launched its infrastructure work program for 2022. With “It’s worth the detour” as their theme, this program totals $19.6 million, but the cost has been reduced to $13.5 million due to government subsidies. The most imposing project will be carried out in the sector of exit no. 24 of Highway 640 to improve traffic flow and user safety, particularly that of young people who attend surrounding educational institutions.
“Our administration invests significant sums in the quality of life of the citizens of Blainville. We are in action to maintain the quality of our water supply and sewer system, to ensure safety in our travels, to improve the condition of our streets and our municipal buildings and to improve certain parks,” said Mayor Liza Poulin.
Redevelopment of Chemin du Bas-de-Sainte-Thérèse, at the intersection of Autoroute 640 East
Carried out in collaboration with the Ministère des Transports du Québec, this project led by the City consists of improving traffic safety and fluidity at the intersection of exit no. 24 − Montée Lesage − Chemin du Bas‑de‑Sainte‑Thérèse of Highway 640, eastbound, and Chemin du Bas‑de‑Sainte‑Thérèse. The work will be carried out between the beginning of May and the end of December 2022. It consists of:
Widening Chemin du Bas-de-Sainte-Thérèse to two lanes in each direction for approximately 400 meters;
Widening of the ramp from exit no. 24 of Autoroute 640, eastbound, and add a right-turn lane with a diverter island, at the intersection of Chemin du Bas-de-Sainte-Thérèse;
Extending the multipurpose trail located south of Chemin du Bas-de-Sainte-Thérèse;
Redeveloping the ramp leading from Chemin du Bas-de-Sainte-Thérèse to Highway 640, eastbound;
Adding two traffic lights on chemin du Bas-de-Sainte-Thérèse;
Redesigning the access to the Montessori International school leading to chemin du Bas-de-Sainte-Thérèse, which will be aligned with the redesigned entrance ramp to Highway 640, eastbound;
Building a sanitary pumping station;
And extending the water and sewer networks.
“These works will make the intersection safer and will improve fluidity in a key sector. In addition, the multipurpose path will promote our active mobility and facilitate travel,” said Renaissance District Councillor Michèle Murray.
“The completion of this work will have a definite impact on traffic, on each side of the 640, depending on the different phases of construction. The work will be carried out partly during the summer season in order to limit the negative effects. I thank drivers in advance for their patience,” added Fontainebleau District Councillor Marie-Claude Perron.
The City is the prime contractor for this project and is paying for most of the work to the tune of $8.9 million. The Ministère des Transports du Québec, for its part, is responsible for drawing up the plans and specifications, installing the lighting system and paying for the paving and maintenance of the highway access ramps. 640.
Water supply and sewer network
Several works in the 2022 program will concern the sewer and water supply network. The City is investing $11 million to maintain the network, make occasional repairs, inspect the sewers and upgrade the pumping station on rue du Castillo.
Work in certain parks
Various redevelopments will take place at Dubreuil and des As parks this summer.
In Parc Dubreuil, the game modules will be replaced as well as the street furniture. The paving of the multipurpose surface and its access will also be redone in certain places.
At the Parc des As, two spring modules will be added for children aged 0-5. The borders will be redone and the entrance to the park on rue des Écus will be more visible.
In the Fontainebleau district, a path with wooden footbridges will be laid out in the ravines after the revegetation phase which will follow the work to stabilize the embankments in the ravines.
The city will also carry out repair work on bike paths and pedestrian crossings near Maurice-Tessier park (repair of the bike path), on rue Arthur-Buies (repair of the passage to boulevard du Curé-Labelle) and on rue de Caplan (repair of the passage to the Sainte-Thérèse high school).
Finally, several streets or thoroughfares will be subject to repair work during the summer season including Boulevard Céloron, Boulevard de Fontainebleau, Rue Maurice -Cullen, Chemin du Bas-de-Sainte-Thérèse, 54e Avenue Ouest, Rue de Gatineau and Boulevard de Chambéry. Speed moderation measures will also be installed on certain streets according to the recommendations of the traffic committee.