Laval is the largest suburb of Montreal, located just north of the city. Three stations of the Montreal Metro system connect Laval to Montreal’s core. The Réseau de Transport Métropolitain (RTM) also operates two commuter trains connecting Laval to the City of Montreal. Laval operates its own public bus service which offers 35 different routes for its residents. The city is moving towards creating more pedestrian and cyclist friendly streets.
Le Corbusier Boulevard South
The case study conducted on Le Corbusier Boulevard South was one of the nine studies included in Montreal Urban Ecology Centre’s report analyzing complete street transformations across the province of Quebec.
- Street category: Commercial street
- Project length: 900 m
- Total cost: $7.9 M
- Cost per km: $8.7 M
- Year of implementation: 2018
The section of Le Corbusier Boulevard described in this brief is located between Albert-Duquesne Street and Du Souvenir Boulevard. This redevelopment project was intended to make Le Corbusier Boulevard, which was basically designed for automobiles, more attractive, more convivial and safer for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit users. The project was initially proposed by the Société de transport de Laval. The City of Laval contributed funding to enhance the project and improve active transportation.
The sidewalks were widened, from 1.5 m to 1.8 m, and lined with vegetation to ensure safe pedestrian travel and counter the effects of heat islands.
The Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille was consulted regarding accessible curb approaches. Curb ramps, tactile warning plates and sound signals were included in the redevelopment design.
Raised bicycle lanes bordering the roadway on either side make cycling safer. They also serve as a buffer zone, helping pedestrians feel safer.
Landscaping and furniture:
Trees and plants were incorporated along the sidewalk’s border and distinctive urban furniture was added. The lighting system was also upgraded.
Key element: public transit
At the heart of this redevelopment project is a central corridor dedicated to a rapid transit bus line. The project comprises reserved lanes in the centre of the roadway, priority lights for buses, and bus stops that have been placed downstream of the traffic lights. Accessible and safe bus shelters, custom-designed to create a strong identity for this important corridor, were installed for the comfort of users.
Cross section: Corner of Saint-Martin Boulevard West
Total pavement: +/-35 metres