The City of Montreal recently released their plans and images for a major renovation coming to Ste. Catherine Street West.
The announcement included a handful of additions to the downtown core, as well as a construction in the area for the next three years.
The transformation of Ste. Catherine Street West is set to create “a destination and experience that goes beyond a commercial street.”
Reconstruction of the infrastructure is already underway between Mansfield and De Bleury. Work began in January of 2018 and a rehabilitation of a major sewer line is currently being performed.
Priority in design is being given to pedestrians, which according to the City of Montreal, make up 70% of the current traffic on St. Catherine street.
The work on the affected area is set to carry out until June of 2018, Monday to Friday from 7 am to 7 pm. Some operations will take place in evenings, nights, and Saturdays, however.
The biggest change coming to the downtown core is the addition of widened sidewalks (which will be widened to 6.5 metres), combined with a reduction to single-lane traffic and eliminating on-street parking from Mansfield to De Bleury.
Another change includes McGill Place, a brand new, pedestrian-only public square. The square will be set up between the McGill University Arts Building and the Place Vill-Marie esplanade.
The new McGill Place claims to be “the central point of Montreal’s commercial and tourist experience,” according to the city.
St. Catherine Street West will be modernized in the following ways:
The overall work to be done on the street includes:
The work is being divided into three phases:
Other additions to the project include:
The city has also shared that they intend to redevelop Phillips Square, Brothers Andre Square, Saint-James, and Dorchester Square.
Consultation for the following spaces will take place next winter.