Wishful thinking: Green light at Plamondon and Decarie.

Wishful thinking: Green light at Plamondon and Decarie.

Despite assurances I received from the previous administration in the Borough of Cote des Neiges – NDG to my suggestion for minimal restrictions on morning rush hour parking on the block of Plamondon, just west of Decarie, as well as on Vezina, nothing has been done over the last three years. Traffic congestion continues to worsen year after year.

By eliminating the very few parking spots on these two blocks, two lanes of traffic will be able to queue at the red light at Decarie, therefore doubling the capacity of these intersections during the morning rush hour congestion.

Plamondon approaching Decarie from the West

On Plamondon, there is just one single house on the block westbound from Coolbrook as one approaches Decarie.  Traffic here routinely backs all the way toward Ferncroft in Hampstead, as seen below during a typical morning rush hour in December. These vehicles are generally coming from Cote Saint-Luc and Hampstead, but also from the Snowdon area.

Winter view: Single lane slowly approaching Decarie

…and the view from behind is not much better.

Borough Mayor Russell Copeman is open to the idea. I ask Snowdon Councillor Marvin Rotrand to be open-minded to dealing with his neighbours in CSL and Hampstead in trying to improve circulation throughout the area.  Surely it is not to the advantage of his constituents to have constant idling of cars and buses that are blocked from crossing Decarie each morning. The reduction of very few parking spaces on Plamondon, and on Vezina, would increase traffic flow and decrease noise, pollution and frustration.

Two parked cars on Plamondon near Decarie block at least 6 to 10 extra cars from driving in right lane

Two parked cars on Plamondon near Decarie block at least 6 to 10 extra cars from driving in right lane to cross Decarie faster