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Former CIFFA President provides input on Montreal infrastructure development

CIFFA has been actively participating in an ongoing discussion about the Ville St. Pierre Interchange, a 10-year plus road/highway infrastructure project at its early consultation/fact-finding stage.

Logistics cluster CargoM recently hosted a discussion on the future need of the Ville St. Pierre Interchange, an event hosted February 4 by the Port of Montreal, and attended by CIFFA Director Karl-Heinz Legler, and various municipal and government officials who offered their expertise and guidance on the topic.

 Legler presented his position on the project in the following CIFFA Director’s blog:

I am a frequent user over many decades of the interchange and many of its access/exit arteries in the Ville St. Pierre – Montreal West/Lachine and LaSalle area are in constant and great need of fluidity options to circumvent never-ending traffic bottlenecks.

The numerous critical points identified by participants at the meeting have made it abundantly clear that future infrastructure improvements to aid all the different traffic flows in and around the Ville St. Pierre Interchange present a complex challenge.

The most serious challenge for seeking improvements is not necessarily the Highway 138/20  flow but the interconnectivity amongst the various local sectors touching on the interchange area, i.e. the North- South and East-West arteries between Ville St. Pierre-Montreal West /Lachine and LaSalle, particularly:

  • St. Joseph/Rue Notre Dame connections with Ave. Dollard -Rue St. Pierre / Rue St. Jaques
  • Highway 20 service roads North and South to and from St. Jaques to 1st Avenue Lachine
  • Lafleur/ Rue Clement/Ave. Dollard

Highway 20 between Boul. Agrignon and La Salle and 55th Ave., Lachine serves a large number of industrial clients.

Truck traffic from and to the CN and CP Intermodal Container Terminals in Lachine bringing goods to manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centres located in the immediate area is expected to increase over the years.

Trucks carrying domestic, import and export cargoes from and to the Port of Montreal, rail container terminals and Dorval airport all travel through the Ville St. Pierre Interchange.

Infrastructure planning must take into consideration the impact of the changing character of the entire area.

For example:

  • The impact of existing industrial neighbours on local traffic – problem identification and solutions
  • Increasing commercial traffic
  • The ongoing conversion of industrial land into residential development projects
  • Increasing residential traffic
  • Accessibility to parks and recreation facilities

Planning and implementation of efficient long-term road infrastructure solutions require out of the box thinking, deep pockets and cooperation amongst municipal, provincial and federal government authorities in consultation with the public.

I am thankful for having had the opportunity to express some opinions and suggestions on behalf of CIFFA at the February 4 meeting and hope to have been able to contribute to some extent positively towards identifying existing and future infrastructure issues for the Ville St. Pierre Interchange.

Kind regards,

Kar-Heinz Legler