Or at least find some practical purpose for it. Article in yesterday’s Gazette talks about how winter events at the Olympic Stadium may happen if there is no snow or ice on the roof or the support cables. That is simply too absurd a set of conditions for a huge public venue in a northern city like Montreal. I don’t know what the answer is but it seems ridiculous to not have an alternative plan of some kind at this stage of the game. A lot of money is being spent to maintain something that has a very limited usefullness. Time to go back to the drawingboard.
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From the Gazette 100 years ago article here.
“It is years since the city streets have been so thoroughly blocked by snow,” The Gazette said, “and it will take weeks of hard work to get rid of it, unless a thaw comes – a fate which everyone hopes to escape.”
The Montreal Street Railway Co. did a remarkable job keeping most of its tram routes open. Even though the snow drifted “in many places higher than the tops of the cars,” only a couple of lines, on the Côte des Neiges hill and in Westmount, had to be shut down – and at that only for a few hours.
The railroads were not so lucky. For 48 hours Montreal and Quebec City were cut off from one another. Trains on routes west of Montreal were better off, running just three and four hours late. Even so, the engineer and fireman of an Ottawa-bound passenger train were killed when their train ploughed into a pair of halted switching locomotives in the Turcot Yard. The men had no idea the two switchers were there: The fierce wind had blown out a warning lantern’s red light.”
It s fascinating to read about how they simply pushed snow to the sides of the streets and let horse drawn sleds pat down the roads which could end up being a metre higher than street level by the end of winter. Just try to picture how much more space there is in the city with hardly any cars at all, except, perhaps, in winter.
Well, it’s more of a junction, but Transport Quebec likes calling it an interchange, so be it. Seems they have been doing some maintenance work there this winter. This will all be demolished and rebuilt as part of Project Turcot.
They have created a wind free workspace.
Those scaffolding/bracings always look weird but it’s all probably very, very, safe.
Looking north towards Turcot.
Transport Quebec likes to show nice “green” graphics for their presentations. Well, there is already some park space there.
And do check out Roger Kenner’s page for some historical info on the area.