Between 2017 and 2018, the City of Montréal undertook the redevelopment of Laurier Avenue West, between Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine and Park Avenue, in the Outremont and Plateau-Mont-Royal boroughs.
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: Commercial street
- Project length: 500
- Cost of the project: $15.5 M
- Cost per km: $31 M
- Years of implementation: 2017-2018
Photo: City of Montréal
Photo: City of Montréal
Between 2017 and 2018, the City of Montréal undertook the redevelopment of Laurier Avenue West, between Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine and Park Avenue, in the Outremont and Plateau-Mont-Royal boroughs. The aim of the redevelopment was to create a comfortable public space to encourage strolling and shopping in an area well-known for the quality of its shops. The designers wanted to create a thoughtful, reserved and unique layout that would blend with the character of the adjacent neighbourhoods. In order to protect its commercial dynamism, the street benefited from the PR@M-Artère en chantier program, which provided the affected business community with various types of funding, intended to maintain and develop the sector’s retail market during and after completion of the work.
The sidewalks were enlarged and surfaced with paving stone using a unique pattern created for this street. The installation of curb extensions at intersections reduced the crossing width for pedestrians and ensured greater safety. The space devoted to active transportation and greening was doubled, as compared to the street’s previous layout.
Curb ramps and tactile warning plates were included at each intersection. Pedestrian pathways that meet barrier-free design requirements were also created. Reduced crossing widths on both Laurier Avenue West and on cross streets helped make the street more accessible.
One-way cycling lanes were added on either side of the street to ensure the comfort and safety of cyclists. The creation of a bike box at the intersection with Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine facilitates access to the protected cycling path.
The #51 bus line of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) runs along this street. The curb extensions at each bus stop were extended to allow vehicles to stop while passengers board without having to leave the traffic lane.
The narrowing of the roadway and the preservation of parking spaces on the street have helped calm traffic speeds.
Landscaping and furniture
The addition of new benches designed in collaboration with the citizens, along with street lamps and waste bins, adds to the originality of the layout and enhances the comfort of strolling passers-by. The addition of 69 trees of various species and the enlargement of planting pits ensure a cooler urban environment by extending the Outremont canopy while contributing to biodiversity. Terraces, which had previously occupied parking spaces on the street, can now be installed on the sidewalks, whose width has been increased.
A monitoring committee was in place from 2014 to 2016 and held several meetings involving representatives of residential, commercial and community groups, as well as elected representatives and civil servants. The work of the monitoring committee helped to enhance the street’s design and to plan the construction phases. While work was ongoing, a liaison officer was available at any time to answer citizens’ questions, and a neighbourhood committee held monthly meetings. This committee served to inform citizens about onsite progress and upcoming work plans.
Cross section, corner of de l’Épée Street
Total pavement: +/- 10 metres