Montreal to close Camillien-Houde Way to traffic for Mount Royal pilot project

Apr 27 2018, 8:10 pm

On Friday, April 27, Mayor Valerie Plante and her team revealed yet another project regarding transformation on roads near the downtown core.

Today’s announcement was the introduction of a pilot project that would “help improve accessibility to Mount Royal Park,” specifically the Camillien-Houde/Remembrance Road.

Mount Royal

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According to a release from the City of Montreal, Plante’s vision includes turning the road into a more pedestrian, cyclist, and transit-friendly experience. She explains that the pilot project “will test the withdrawal of transit traffic for private vehicles on the mountain” which plays a role in 90% of traffic during peak hours on weekdays.

Therefore, from Saturday, June 2 to October 31, 2018, private vehicles will be prohibited from crossing the mountain on Remembrance Road and Camillien-Houde Way, between the Smith House parking lots and Lac aux Castors.

Pedestrians, emergency vehicles, STM transit vehicles, tourist and school buses, road and maintenance workers, and bicycles, will be the only vehicles allowed through.

Mount Royal

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Motorists who wish to access Mount Royal Parking lots will be able to do so as well, dependant on their arrival point. According to a release from the City of Montreal, “measures for the passage of funerary processions will also be put in place.”

Mount Royal will be accessible by public transit through several bus lines – Line 11 (Mount Royal/Ridgewood Park) and Line 711 (Parc-du-Mont-Royal/Oratory) which will have two additional bus stops beginning in June.

Mount Royal

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Over the summer, temporary improvements will be made and activities will be proposed to make Camillien-Houde Way more attractive for Montrealers, including daily activities and recurring recreational activities.

Plante explains that the results and feedback of the project will help fuel the future of the road, and ultimately, the park.

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