Between 2014 and 2015, the Direction des transports (now the Direction de la mobilité) of the City of Montréal and the Ahuntsic-Cartierville Borough formulated a plan for the redevelopment of Laurentian Boulevard and Lachapelle Street, Route 117. The aim was to make the one-way arteries between the Lachapelle bridge and Louisbourg Street more user-friendly.
The case study conducted was one of fourteen studies included in Montreal Urban Ecology Centre’s report analyzing Complete Street transformations across the province of Quebec.
- Street Category: Residential and commercial street
- Project length: 3 km
- Cost of the project: $50 M
- Cost per km: $16.7 M
- Years of implementation: Phase 1: 2017-2018 ; Phase 2: 2019-2021; Phase 3: 2022-2023
Photo: City of Montréal
Photos: City of Montréal
Between 2014 and 2015, the Direction des transports (now the Direction de la mobilité) of the City of Montréal and the Ahuntsic-Cartierville Borough formulated a plan for the redevelopment of Laurentian Boulevard and Lachapelle Street, Route 117. The aim was to make the one-way arteries between the Lachapelle bridge and Louisbourg Street more user-friendly. The redevelopment also aims to improve users’ experiences, along with safety and mobility, in accordance with the objectives identified by the Direction des transports. In addition to creating a distinctive entrance into the city, the project led to the installation of more accessible intersections. The first of the three construction phases was carried out in 2017-18.
The sidewalks were widened and pedestrian traffic lights were installed to facilitate crossing at intersections and help make these arteries more user-friendly. Comfortable meeting spaces were also added to facilitate use of the streets. Sidewalk surfaces were standardized and enhanced with anti-slip materials.
Twelve intersections were redesigned so as to be universally accessible, as part of the Municipalités amies des aînés (MADA) pilot project (for senior-friendly cities). The project also included the development of barrier-free and vertically unobstructed pedestrian pathways. The creation of a buffer zone between the roadway and the pedestrian corridor made it possible to avoid lowering the sidewalk at crossings.
The existing east-west cycling axis located under the Lachapelle bridge, which flooded every spring, was re-positioned level with Laurentian Boulevard. A pedestrian crossing protected by traffic lights allows pedestrians and cyclists to cross safely. This cycling path is part of the Route verte.
The installation of reserved bus lanes ensures the optimization of public transportation on these roadways for line 180 of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), as well as for lines 55, 144, 151 and 902 of the Société de transport de Laval (STL). The bus stops were redesigned to make them more attractive.
Several interventions were aimed at reducing traffic speeds: a reduction in the number of traffic lanes, the widening of sidewalks and the creation of vegetative strips bordering both roadways.
Landscaping and furniture
Over 400 trees were planted and 4500 m2 of green spaces were created to reduce heat islands. LED lighting has increased safety along the streets. The installation of numerous benches along the sidewalks and at bus stops creates a friendlier neighbourhood with ad hoc meeting places. The project comprises the creation of an iconic entrance to the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough and the City of Montréal with illumination of the existing mature trees. The concept is to evoke “la forêt bleue” or ”the blue forest”.
Key element: involvement of seniors
In the context of the MADA pilot project, a workshop was organized for seniors, the directors of three seniors’ residences located within the project’s perimeter and representatives of various community organizations. The purpose of this workshop was to identify the problems and inconveniences that they experienced in the existing environment and to determine their needs.
Cross section of Laurentien Blvd., corner of Périnault Street
Total pavement: +/- 15 metres