Preparatory work for the tramway: soon return from the imposing construction site on Laurier

Preparatory work for the tramway: soon return from the imposing construction site on Laurier

Drivers taking Boulevard Laurier will have to be patient. Further preparatory work for the tram will soon begin there, which should be as impressive as in spring and autumn 2022.

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The City of Quebec on Thursday published a highly detailed tender for the civil engineering work ahead of the streetcar project, containing more than 1,000 pages of technical data.

Interested companies have until February 9th to submit their offers.

After the work in the Université Laval and CHUL sector, the future work site is concentrated further west at the exit of the bridges, ie on Boulevard Laurier, between Avenue Lavigerie and Route de l’Church.

The interventions, which are scheduled to begin this spring, are aimed, among other things, at relocating the Urban Technical Networks (RTU), i.e. the electricity, telecommunications and natural gas networks.

As the future tram is made “reliable”, no underground pipe may run under the rails.

The program includes laying a rainwater pipe and repairing underground infrastructure.

Funds for the Laurier Boulevard redevelopment will be drawn from the streetcar budget.

heavy traffic

Last year, the traffic impact on Boulevard Laurier was so severe that the City of Quebec saw fit to remind motorists of the existence of an alternative solution, Boulevard Hochelaga, which now has six lanes (three in each direction) .

During the works in 2023, it is repeated that “traffic restrictions will apply on the affected roads when the site is active” and that “it is recommended to be careful and to pay attention to the temporary signage”. .

Maintain some routes

However, we pledge that we will maintain a minimum of two lanes of traffic in each direction on Laurier Boulevard.

For the vertical axes (Germain-des-Prés, Jean-De Quen, Bernardin-Morin and Sauvé), certain sections are only accessible in one direction.

Partial obstacles on certain sections of the walkways are also to be expected.

Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) buses will continue to operate on Laurier Boulevard.

mitigation measures during the works

  • Trucks with broadband reversing alarm (quieter)
  • presence of flags
  • Sequencing to facilitate mall access maintenance
  • Openings in the median to facilitate access to the driveways
  • Work most regular hours from 7am to 6pm
  • Reduced working hours for noisier operations
  • A few short 24-hour intensive phases are planned

Source: City of Quebec

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