West Enders react to CSL Road pothole case

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Many west end residents have been reacting angrily to the recent Suburban report that Quebec Small Claims Court found Montreal at “gross fault” for not dealing with a large pothole on bumpy Côte St. Luc Road near Grand Boulevard in 2017.

CSL resident Eric Choueke was recently awarded $697 plus additional costs for damage to the car he was driving when he hit the pothole. The court found that Montreal was negligent in not dealing with the pothole or warning drivers about it.

Former CSL councillor Glenn Nashen weighed in on his Facebook page, and his posting received numerous responses.

“The sustained negligence of the City of Montreal on this horrible stretch of roadway is a glaring example of incompetence and indifference at every level,” Nashen wrote.

Others were of like mind.

“Every time I’m forced to drive on this miserable stretch of Côte St Luc Road, I really fear for my life and the stability of my car,” wrote Ronnie Roter. “When will we take charge of fixing this?”

Nashen responded that the “we” is the City of Montreal.

“Despite outcries from suburban mayors and residents, not much has been done,” he added. “Residents who continue to point fingers at suburban councils should get down to Montreal City Hall Council meetings and raise the issue there.”

Alisa Clamen wrote that her daughter “blew a tire and a rim on the same stretch. I had to pay to replace both — it was not pleasant.”

Harvey Levine wrote that his office is on Côte St. Luc Road “and since 2017 I have blown two tires and bent two rims. There is absolutely no reasonable excuse for this main road to be in such horrid condition. I pray that there will not be a horrible accident due to drivers constantly swerving to avoid the craters rather than paying attention to other cars, bikes, etc.”

Ruby Deen called the situation “absolutely disgraceful.

“It’s been like this for a very long time! Wake up … City of Montreal and take responsibility!”

Louise Ferland wrote that she “busted a tire and lost a hub cap on the Decarie south underpass between Jean Talon and Vézina on Super Bowl Sunday evening. I filed a complaint and claim with the CDN-NDG borough, and received a letter back that they are not responsible for my damages.

“The road there was just like Côte St. Luc Road.”

Nashen responded that Ferland should take her case to Small Claims Court and cite negligence, as Choueke did in his own case.

CSL council regular Sidney Margles suggested that CSL, CDN-NDG, Hampstead and Montreal West residents get together to demand a solution.

“Let’s invite [CDN-NDG Mayor] Sue Montgomery and [Montreal Mayor] Valerie Plante for a drive.”

Nashen pointed out that CSL Road is to be resurfaced this year, but Margles responded that this is a “stop-gap measure.

“That road needs reconstruction.”

joel@thesuburban.com

Suburban exclusive: Montreal found at ‘gross fault’ in CSL Road pothole case

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The condition of Côte St. Luc Road was especially bad in 2017.
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The sustained negligence of the City of Montreal on this horrible stretch of roadway is a glaring example of incompetence and indifference at every level. Despite outcries from suburban mayors and residents not much has been done. Residents who continue to point fingers at suburban councils should get down to Montreal City Hall Council meetings and raise the issue there.

http://www.thesuburban.com/news/city_news/suburban-exclusive-montreal-found-at-gross-fault-in-csl-road/article_3913dbb2-db0a-5b26-b0b7-b866b15d15cc.html#utm_campaign=blox&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Update: Mayor Mitchell Brownstein advises that the City of Montreal went out to tender to resurface CSL Road. Work is supposed to begin soon. Evidently our mayor did indeed push hard and with the assistance of CDN-NDG Borough Mayor Sue Montgomery they succeeded in pressuring the central city to advance this work. Smoother roads are just ahead!

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City says roadwork coming to larger section of Côte-Saint-Luc Rd. — in 2020

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The negligence in the upkeep of Montreal’s section of CSL Road is an embarrassment and a danger. Two more years of this state of disrepair is unacceptable.

 

 

CBC News:   City says roadwork coming to larger section of Côte-Saint-Luc Rd. — in 2020
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/c%C3%B4te-saint-luc-road-disrepair-construction-2020-1.4787995

Making CSL streets safer by limiting truck traffic

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At the September 11, 2017 Public council Meeting the City Council notice was given for a new truck route in order to regulate traffic in Côte Saint-Luc.

According to the Highway Safety Code, a By-Law regulating the traffic of trucks must be approved by the Minister of Transport. Once approved, trucks and tool vehicle traffic will be permitted on Cavendish Boulevard and Côte Saint-Luc Road as well as on all streets throughout the City for local deliveries.

Côte Saint-Luc will also request that all neighbouring cities adopt a similar resolution in support of this new regulation.

This new By-Law will improve the flow of traffic on Fleet Road which is not capable of handling trailer trucks. It will also keep trucks mainly on our two major boulevards and off our side streets as much as possible. Of course, local deliveries will always be permitted.

As the councillor responsible for the Pedestrian and Traffic Safety dossier I was pleased to give notice for this motion. Safety and security has always been my primary focus as City Councillor and any ideas to keep pedestrians safe and vehicles moving at a safe speed are always welcomed and reviewed with our traffic engineers.

 

Blaze breaks out in ten-storey apartment building in Cote St. Luc

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Residents of a ten-storey apartment building on Cote St. Luc Rd. were forced out of the building Tuesday afternoon after a fire broke out.

Source: Blaze breaks out in ten-storey apartment building in Cote St. Luc | CTV Montreal News

Letter to Gazette: Bus lanes on Cavendish Blvd. and Côte-St-Luc Rd. will slow traffic

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Cote Saint-Luc resident Nathan Elberg writes this Letter: Bus lanes on Cavendish Blvd. and Côte-St-Luc Rd. will slow traffic in yesterday’s Gazette. He is correct in stating that the recent announcement by the Montreal Transit Corporation (STM) may improve the situation on some stretches of road however many more motorists will suffer traffic congestion as they make their way to and from work in their cars.

Personally, I am in favour of these improvements to mass transit. Bus service, once you leave Cote Saint-Luc is far too slow. It takes too long to get to the metro stations.  Van Horne is impossible during rush hour and that artery is not even part of this reserved bus lane plan. Cote Saint-Luc Road at Decarie is dreadfully slow.

Moreover, reserving bus lanes on Cote Saint-Luc territory is just not needed at this time. The two stretches in question in last week’s MTC announcement are Cote Saint-Luc Road and Cavendish Blvd. Both roads already have major portions in the City of Cote Saint-Luc where no parking is allowed and therefore there is no traffic congestion. It is once you leave Cote Saint-Luc territory that traffic gets snarled. So let’s not fix a problem that doesn’t yet exist.

What is really needed, and has been discussed publicly, is a rapid shuttle service from Cote Saint-Luc to the hospital sector along Cote des Neiges. Such a service would be extremely beneficial to the many hundreds of residents that go to medical appointments at hospitals, clinics, offices and labs every day as well as the hundreds of health care sector workers who live here and work there. That would get many cars off the road, reduce traffic along Van Horne, serve the needs of our older population and improve parking and congestion in Cote des Neiges.

 

New traffic lights mean traffic jams at Côte-Saint-Luc & Decarie

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Posted By: Shuyee Lee CJAD 800AM shuyee.lee@cjad.com · 8/30/2013 12:11:00 PM

Motorists who travel around the Côte-Saint-Luc Road and Decarie Boulevard intersection may have noticed traffic has been gridlocked there for the past two weeks or so.

It all has to do with the pending work on the Turcot reconstruction project.

Some motorists have reported waits of three minutes at the traffic lights at the intersection.

EMSB spokesman Michael Cohen told CJAD 800 News that it took him 20 minutes to get from the office on Fielding to Decarie, which he says is normally a three minute drive.

Côte-Saint-Luc councillor Glenn Nashen, who’s in charge of traffic for the city, said he’s received a few complaints as well and they wrote to the borough of Côte-des-Neiges/NDG requesting they fix the problem right away.

Head of communications for the borough Michel Therrien said the problem is actually something that’s supposed to help traffic: new traffic lights installed in view of the upcoming work on the Turcot to help deal with the anticipated traffic jams.

“We are monitoring the situation right now, we’re trying to calibrate those lights to make sure the cars can go easily through that part of the road,” Therrien said.

Compound that with the regular back-to-school and back-to-work traffic and that accounts for more gridlock than usual, but Therrien said they hope to find the right balance with the timing of the lights in the next couple of days, adding it’s not an exact science.

Too much snow on his windshield?

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Cote Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol senior supervisor Lewis Cohen came across this bizarre car crash at the Cote Saint-Luc Shopping Centre near the IGA, last night at about 18:15.

While on patrol he and his partner came across this accident which had probably taken place just a short time earlier. Police and STM supervisors were just pulling up on scene as vCOP arrived.  vCOP notified CSL Emergency Communications who sent Public Security.

The car, pictured below, did not hit the bus shelter or the bench, but did take out the bus stop sign. An elderly man was driving. Luckily no one was injured.

Car crashes into the 103 bus stop on Cote Saint-Luc Road

Car crashes into the 103 bus stop on Cote Saint-Luc Road – Photo L. Cohen

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CSL approves inspection of underpasses

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The Suburban, Joel Goldenberg, August 29, 2012

Côte St. Luc awarded a contract for the inspection and, if needed, eventual repair of the city’s three underpasses, to make sure they are safe. The underpasses are on Cavendish Blvd, Westminster Avenue and Côte St. Luc Road.

Councillor Steven Erdelyi, in charge of the public works portfolio, said the process will take several steps. “The first step is going to be to inspect the three underpasses, as per the Quebec Ministry of Transport’s specifications,” he explained. “The second part is to prepare all the drawings and the specifications, and then preparing a tender for a contractor who will perform the actual repair work – in the meantime, right now, it’s for Cavendish only. The work should be done next year. Obviously, we have to wait to see how the report comes in. “From previous reports, the evaluations were good, but obviously we always want to err on the side of caution. We hope the underpasses are in good condition.”

Councillor Dida Berku said the contract for the work is significant. “As you know, there’s been a lot of issues with infrastructure on the island of Montreal, and so we just want to be sure and give the public the assurance that we’re inspecting all our underpasses and roads, and everything is conforming,” she added.

Spectacular accident in Cote Saint-Luc

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Cote Saint-Luc Road and Borden was the scene of a spectacular accident over the weekend. A car hit a lamp post and rolled onto its roof.

As chance would have it, our volunteer Citizens on Patrol was doing an early morning shift and witnessed the crash.  They immediately secured the scene from oncoming motorists and radioed for assistance.  Within one minute the EMS and Police services were also on scene.

CSL EMS, CSL Public Security, CSL vCOP along with Police and Fire Departments and Urgences-santé all responded quickly. Thankfully the 30-something year old driver walked away uninjured. Good work and thanks to our dedicated emergency volunteer and professional responders.

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Woman fatally injured by bus in Côte St. Luc

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Woman fatally injured by bus in Côte St. Luc. (Montreal Gazette)

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This is a tragic event that unfolded a few hours ago, on Sunday evening. Cote Saint-Luc volunteer EMS crews and Public Security agents were on scene very quickly as the accident occurred just steps away from their station.  They assisted to the best of their abilities.

I am deeply saddened by this terrible news.

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From the Free Press (Nov. 22, 2011):

CSL senior killed in bus accident

Station 9 police say an 89-year-old Côte St. Luc woman was killed when struck by a bus on the corner of Côte St. Luc Rd. and Wolseley.

Police say the victim, Ilona Barath-Szigetvari of Côte St. Luc Rd., was struck at 5:05 pm on November 13. She was conscious at the scene, but died after being transported to the Montreal General Hospital.

The bus driver, a 53-year-old woman, was treated for shock. Police say the accident happened as the bus was turning left from Côte St. Luc onto Wolseley.

“There were two witnesses at the scene,” said Constable Marie-Christine Nobert. “One 25-year-old Côte St. Luc man was parking his car nearby and he said he saw the victim already under the bus.”

Nobert said there are always concerns about reducing accidents involving motorists and seniors. “We have a campaign every year to sensitize and educated seniors about safety when it comes to things like crossing the street,” she said. “We hand out pamphlets as well, because there are also incidents throughout the city where seniors are victims. They tend to be more vulnerable.”

Nobert said the police have concerns about several areas of Côte St. Luc, including Cavendish and Kildare, as well as Cote St. Luc and Westminster.

Bus routes 103 and 161: 10 minutes max

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Montreal’s transit agency is launching a new service that aims to reduce waiting times for bus commuters, promising a maximum of 10 minutes between buses on certain routes. 

Dubbed the ’10-minutes-max network’, the service upgrade will cover 31 of the busiest bus routes across the island of Montreal. 

Eleven bus routes will offer the 10-minutes-max service in both directions between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. 

The 20 remaining routes, including the 103 and 161, serving Cote Saint-Luc, will have the faster service only in one direction, which will be decided according to traffic flow, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.  That information appears on the bus stop panel. 

Read more: http://www.stm.info 

Traffic lights out at Westminster & CSL Rd.

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The traffic light controller at the intersection of CSL Road and Westminster is defective, so the traffic lights at that intersection are out. Temporary stop signs have been deployed. Depending on whether the controller can be repaired or needs to be replaced, this situation should continue for a few days.

Drivers and pedestrians must be extra careful when crossing this intersection as the flow of traffic may be a little erratic. Please be careful and courteous.

CSL passes 40 km/hr bylaw

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CSL passes 40 km/hr bylaw

One councillor dissents, wants more 40 km/hr coverage

By Joel Goldenberg, The Suburban, March 17, 2010

Côte St. Luc passed a bylaw last week that will limit speed on most city streets to 40 km/hr, but it’s some of the 50 km/hr exceptions that prompted an opposing vote from councillor Steven Erdelyi.

Most municipalities across the island are reducing speed limits on quiet residential streets.

According to the bylaw, said Mayor Anthony Housefather, most local streets that currently have a 50 km/hr speed limit will be reduced to 40 km/hr, with the exception of school and park areas that already have a 30 km/hr speed limit. More heavily travelled streets like Fleet Road, Côte St. Luc Road, Cavendish Blvd., and Kildare, Mackle and Guelph Roads will remain at 50 km/hr.

“We will be posting new signs to reflect this,” the mayor said. “We are doing this because studies have shown that the faster a car is moving when it gets into an accident with a pedestrian, cyclist or another car, the more damage is being done and those 10 kilometres an hour make a relatively sizable difference.”

Councillor Glenn Nashen, in charge of the security portfolio on council, said that as chairman of the city’s traffic committee, “I received a lot of letters from residents on side streets that people are going too fast. What we do find is that, often, they are not, but the perception is that they are going too fast. Obviously, lowering the speed limit by 10 will have the effect of bringing down the speed of those perceived as going too fast and those who are going slightly above the speed limit.”

Nashen added that public security chief Michel Martel, who worked for the Montreal police for 29 years in the capacity of accident investigator, said that “for each 10 km/hr that the speed limit is reduced, the survival rate increases exponentially.” Councillor Dida Berku said her constituents, especially parents of young children, have asked for a reduction in speeding motorists.

But Erdelyi voted against the bylaw, saying streets like Côte St. Luc Road and Kildare Road west of Westminster are narrower and in quieter areas.

“I would rather err on the side of caution,” the councillor said. “I would keep Fleet, Cavendish and Côte St. Luc Road east of Westminster at 50, and leave Mackle, Kildare, Guelph and Côte St. Luc Road west of Westminster at 40.”

Councillor Mitchell Brownstein disagreed, saying that a change in the limit from 50 to 40 km/hr on a street “is just a way to give the police an ability to give out tickets. If someone expects the speed limit to be 50, it should be 50. Consistency is important for the driver.” He added that the exception would be 30 km/hr areas near schools and parks.

Councillor Ruth Kovac said she would vote for the bylaw, after some reflection.

“However, I don’t necessarily believe that, island-wide or not, 40 km/hr is the answer. It’s respect of the rules of the road, for the pedestrians that’s lacking and needs to be taught, and it needs to be taught to our children to be vigilant when they’re crossing the street and pedestrians when they’re engaging at intersections with trucks and other cars. The people on the road need to respect stop signs and the speed limit. If anything, I think 40 km/hr is going to frustrate drivers more-so and be a cash grab for the police.

“But to be on the side of caution and safety, I will vote in favour.”

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