Finally, the MTQ people have agreed to hold a public consultation meeting for residents of NDG (for some completely unknown reason they did not originally see NDG as an area that would be directly affected by the new Turcot plan/construction hence the pressure to get a meeting there) on November 19 at 7pm at the Saint Raymond Centre, 5600 Upper Lachine Road.
Of course this leaves citizens with as little time to get organized as possible. Still, there is hope that some of the concerns raised by residents of NDG will be publicly heard.
Here is the blurb from The Green Party.
TRANSPORT QUEBEC HOLDS PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE TURCOT INTERCHANGE
IN NDG The NDG Green Party of Quebec is pleased to annouce that our pressure campaign to force Transport Quebec to hold a public hear -ing in NDG has payed off, and it is scheduled for Monday Nov 19th at 7pm at the St-Raymond center at 5600 Upper Lachine road. Here are 3 specific important questions about the Turcot rebuild that the NDG Green Party would like answered: 1- Will the new electric tram-train link between downtown and Dorval airport, using the CP tracks through Montreal West, NDG and Westmount, be operational before highway 20 lane closings occur in 5 years, so that there is an alternative way for more residents to get downtown or to the airport before the big delays begin? 2- The Turcot planners want to demolish the St-Jacques bridge over the highway in 2010 for several years while they build the new highway 15 lanes below. At the same time, the MUHC planners want to close the deficient Decarie Street underpass under the CP tracks in 2010 to rebuild it as the first, necessary step in their controversial traffic plan for the Glen hospital site. CLOSING BOTH THESE KEY ROUTES AT THE SAME TIME WILL ALLOW NO WAY FOR TRAFFIC FROM DOWNTOWN TO PROCEED WEST AND NORTH INTO NDG. Please let the residents of NDG know which will be first and precisely what alternative routes will be recommended to drivers. 3- Transport Quebec wants to move Highway 20 and the CN-Via tracks right up against the St-Jacques escarpment to free up land near Notre Dame street for development or a park. We feel that it would make more sense to leave the highway where it is now: -if the St-Jacques escarpment eco-territory was fully upgraded into a linear park with a nice bicycle-cross country ski trail running along its length (just such a path was started by the RCM in 1994) and also with several paths or stairs running up and down it (one such police car accessible road already exists and comes out on St-Jacques near Cavendish), the residents of NDG and St-Raymond (which the city plans to densify) would have good access to this park, - at the same time, a new sustainable residential development could be encouraged in the Turcot yards because of pedestrian and bicycle access to this park and through it to the retail stores that already exist along St-Jacques at the top of the escarpment. -Transport Quebec's plan, on the other hand, would mean creating a hard to access from any side strip of park or development between heavy industrial Notre Dame St.(with the Lachine Canal behind it true, but with even heavier industry across the canal there in LaSalle) and the newly moved highway 20. So please come out on Monday Nov 19th at 7pm to the St-Raymond center at 5600 Upper Lachine road to hear Transport Quebec's answers to these and also your important questions about this massive project and its effects on NDG in the years ahead. Peter McQueen President of the NDG riding association Green Party of Quebec 514 678 5515
I urge everyone to attend this and see for yourself how democracy is served in this city so Be There!