Here is a Gazette article from 2003 which gives an overview of all the interconnected projects that can, will, or might have some impact on the development of Turcot Yards.
Quebec buys Turcot Yard, interchange fix planned $17.8-million deal. Most to be sold for redevelopment; options studied for road network
PETER LANKEN and BRENDA BRANSWELL
Thursday, October 30, 2003
The provincial government has snapped up a huge, historic tract of land in a move that will dramatically affect Montreal motorists, residents and perhaps even hospital patients.
The Quebec Transport Department purchased most of the Turcot Yard – nine million square feet – from Canadian National Railway Co. on Sept. 25 for $17.8 million.
Synonymous with traffic gridlock for many Montreal motorists, the sprawling Turcot Yard along Highway 20 is larger than Mount Royal Park.
The department plans to invest $400 to $500 million in a major infrastructure overhaul, likely over six or seven years. The work will include fixing or re-building the Turcot interchange, reconfiguring the Angrignon overpass and possibly removing the Montreal West interchange.
However, the bulk of the Turcot Yard – about 80 per cent – will be sold for redevelopment, which might spark an economic boom and inflict more traffic headaches on motorists. One thing is certain: it will sharply change the west-end landscape.
“It’s huge investment,” said Paul-André Fournier, the regional director of Transport Quebec in Montreal. Putting the roadwork amount in perspective, Fournier noted that their budget this year for the entire province is $930 million.
“It’s an insurance for the future,” he said, citing a few reasons for the purchase.
One is the major work required on the interchange. While it poses no danger, Fournier said, scaling concrete is “getting older by the day.”
But it is also looking at re-building the interchange a level lower on landfill, which would require a lot more space, Fournier said. The purchase of the land would allow them to pursue that option, he said.
Transport Quebec is also exploring the possibility of reversing traffic on Highway 20 between the Turcot interchange and the Angrignon overpass. Now, the highway is an anomaly. Motorists heading west are on the left side of the 20 rather than the right side, which is the norm.
To do so would require relocating CN’s tracks within the yard, said Fournier, who listed it as another reason for the purchase.
If Transport Quebec fixes the highway direction, it would allow them to get rid of one level of the Turcot interchange and do away with the entire Montreal West interchange, Fournier said.
Traffic would only flow “marginally better,” he conceded. But it would lower their costs and be safer for motorists because the work would eliminate curves. “A structure costs a lot more money to maintain in the long run than landfill,” Fournier said.
Transport Quebec will studyits options and probably come to a decision about the interchange within two years, he said. “Re-building the Turcot interchange is a major investment.”
The future redevelopment of the land probably have a major impact on motorists, who already grapple with heavy congestion through the area.
The redevelopment is probably six or seven years away, Fournier said. However, some sections of the yard may be sold sooner once Transport Quebec confirms its plans for the site.
As the landowners, Fournier said, Transport Quebec will be able to plan access to the yard.
The Angrignon overpass will have to be reconfigured before any development, he said. “As it is now, it is saturated. And it can not even meet the present demand.”
Fournier said the government’s purchase was not motivated by plans for a McGill University Health Centre superhospital at the nearby Glen Yards. Access by motorists to the superhospital site has been raised as a concern.
Transport Quebec is in talks with the city of Montreal and with MUHC officials about “how we can serve both the Glen Yards and the Turcot Yards,” he said.
Transport Quebec must also deal with the contaminated soil on the site. Fournier said severe pollution is “fairly limited, so we can probably manage it fairly easily.” He estimated it would cost a maximum of $5 million to deal with the problem.
As for the roadwork that motorists can expect in the future, Fournier insisted: “I think we’re getting better and better at traffic management.”
© Copyright 2003 Montreal Gazette
Now we are better prepared to understand how
A) A Superhospital can be built at the former Glen Yards site that will not cause extensive traffic congestion in the area because Pullman Street (runs the northern length of Turcot Yards) can be accessed and/or a new ramp from Turcot Interchange will be put in place.
B) The Turcot Interchange needs rennovating so why not redesign it? It could be dropped a tier and sit atop some landfill while also providing new ramps to the Superhospital and the soon to be developed Turcot Yards. (That suggested paint job is looking real good now!).
C) The Angrignon Interchange needs to be redesigned in order to ease traffic flow in and out of Lasalle. This would also improve access to the redeveloped Turcot Yards and create a link between NDG and Lasalle and Lachine. In any case this work will not start before 2009.
D) The Turcot Yards will be 80% sold for industrial and commerical use. Access has always been a huge problem there. Pullman Street already provides an east-west passage and access will be greatly improved when the Angrignon and Turcot Interchanges have been redesigned and completed.
and certainly of some significance though not mentioned above is
F) A rapid transit system is desired as a link between Pierre Elliot Trudeau International and Downtown Montreal. It is very difficult to imagine any proposed route that does not go through Turcot Yards if its not a more northern CP line. And there is always the much needed redesign of the Dorval Circle, but that is another story.
Do the people behind all these projects even know of each other?