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

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Posted By: Shuyee Lee CJAD 800AM · 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.

Cavendish Blvd. extension on ice, disappears from city budget | CTV Montreal

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Cavendish Blvd. extension on ice, disappears from city budget | CTV Montreal.

CTV Montreal
Published Sunday, Sep. 16, 2012 7:37PM EDT 

MONTREAL—It’s been talked about for years: the extension of Cavendish Blvd. But just when it seemed like ground was going to be broken, another road block hit when the city announced plans to pull the project from its latest budget.

When the city’s 2012-2013 budget will be presented this week, the $44 million project to extend Cavendish Blvd. north towards St-Laurent will be absent.

“Suddenly the City of Montreal is saying they want it removed. All of the other cities on the island, the demerged cities don’t, want it removed. We think it’s very important for all Montrealers and all people that live on the island,” said Cote-St-Luc mayor Anthony Housefather.

The two phased extension was supposed to connect the road between Cote-St-Luc and St-Laurent and ease traffic along the congested Decarie highway. The project seemed like it would finally happen in March as it was made a condition of the Blue Bonnet race track deal struck between the City of Montreal and the province.

But the extension was dependent on the re-election of the Liberals and since that didn’t happen, the city can’t guarantee it will get the funding.

“It was clearly indicated in the capital budget that the realization of the Cavendish project, like the Tramway, is dependent on government grants,” said Michael Applebaum, the mayor’s main lieutenant, in a statement.

“We have removed these projects from the budget to avoid inflating the budget unnecessarily.”

Talked about for decades, millions of dollars have been poured into feasibility studies to somehow connect the one kilometre gap between both stretches of Cavendish Blvd.—now divided by one of the island’s main east-west railroad trunks.

Housefather says he refuses to allow the project to go on the backburner again.

“I am confident that the logic is there for this to happen and that anybody who tries to put their blocks on it is going to get pushed out of the way because the vast majority of the people on this island want this project to happen,” said Housefather.

It will be up to the new Parti Quebecois government to decide if the road can go anywhere. The PQ’s MNAs will be sworn in on Monday.


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It’s quite easy to poke a little fun at the situation next door.  Emails have been coming in fast and furious with barbs and quips at the antics of our neighbours.  Yes, I’m talking about the traffic situation in Hampstead.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I mean this in all good jest as the situation is rather laughable.

So I’ll share some of the comments I’ve received (I didn’t write any of them – I received them all) and please feel free to post your own here as well.

  • The award-winning comment goes to…. “Chelmstead”…. in reference to the Yiddish folkloric town of Chelm. One popular humorous tradition from Eastern Europe involved tales of the people of Chełm, a town reputed in these jokes to be inhabited by fools. The jokes were almost always centred on silly solutions to problems. Some of these solutions display “foolish wisdom” (reaching the correct answer by the wrong train of reasoning), while others are simply wrong.
    • In Chelmstead it’s not about who is right but when to turn left.
    • In Chelmstead one bad turn deserves another.
  • I was wondering if you would be able to find out what kind of drugs that your friends, in Hampstead, are taking. It seems to be forcing them to make some weird decisions that indicate that they are on a constant high and this sounds like it might be fun to be acting stupid all the time.
  • I’m a 30 y.o and the posted time-slots on those signs are TOO SMALL!!! How is one suppose to read those signs when one is driving 30-40 even 50km/h. Best of all, poor visibility (heavy rain/snow) will make it virtually impossible to read. Did the monkeys on council forget our winter climate. Snow occasionally sticks to signs, i.e. covering the allowed time slots. I predict many fender benders and some serious accidents. Monkeys!!!  (
  • Must be april fool’s day!!! gosh 15mins? ahahahaha what is your counselor/mayor thinking?? oh wait, he must be thinking left! hahah (
  • Two wrongs don’t make a right, but three lefts do…. (
  • I think it must be April 1st there on a regular basis! (
  • I pray that the traffic flow and light synchronization will be worked out by Hampstead for the benefit of all, including CSL residents. Let’s build friendships and not fences.
  • How is Hampstead going to enforce the turns? 4 police officers, one at each street?
  • One solution might be to have Bialik relocate. This would solve a problem at Cavendish and Kildare, and along Fleet. 
  • Sure looks like a council that is struggling to do what’s right, and is getting stuck implementing illogical band-aid solutions – frankly, they sound like (and look like if you’ve seen the ever changing signs) ridiculous. Has anyone on that counsel thought about the residents trying to decode the complicated signage? I hope there aren’t too many accidents from drivers looking at their watches while driving!
  • Why is the Hampstead council being so illogical? Isn’t it beneficial to all, to go with the most logical flow? Yes it does generate traffic on residential streets but it would be more effective if traffic was spread evenly over all streets instead of funneling everyone off at Dufferin and Decarie.
  • I certainly think the benefits that Hampstead have in a neighbour like CSL should be put in question by maybe increasing user fees.
  • Morning traffic to take my kids to school on Van Horne is ridiculous!
  • My travel time during morning rush hour from CSL to Decarie via Van Horne has doubled. It’s very frustrating.
  • I hate to say this but the Town of Hampstead, past and present administrations have come up with other traffic measures to impede a logical flow of traffic through their territory. Montreal has also instituted draconian traffic control measures. They (Hampstead) have not kept up their part of the “synchronized traffic light” system that was planned approximately 10 years ago for Van Horne Avenue/Fleet Road from Decarie Boulevard to Cavendish Boulevard.
  • Cote St Luc needs to give Hampstead a taste of their own medicine and let them live by their own rules. If residential streets are for residents then it should also be enforced by CSL.
  • Hampstead City Council is acting like a bunch of spoiled school children who won’t share their toys!
  • I have met Hampstead mayor Steinberg socially and found his views on traffic quite surprising. He told me how he “retaliated” for CSL creating the double left turn lane (on Cavendish and Fleet). This of course caused great inconvenience to all including the Hampstead residents who drop their kids off in CSL schools. He seems to think that the slower the traffic the better while I feel that the slower the traffic the more pollution his residents will breath.