If you’re going to or from the West Island on the first weekend of November, you might want to plan ahead as Highway 40 and its service roads will be closed in both directions.
On November 3 and 4, major construction on Montreal’s light-rail train system will completely close the popular roadway between Highway 13 (exit 60) and Saint-Jean Boulevard (exit 52), according to the Réseau express métropolitain (REM).
With thousands of daily commutes on the soon-to-be-closed road, officials are advising motorists to use Highway 20 if you live in Montreal or bypass the island by taking Highway 30 and the 440.
The major work will involve the demolition of a railway bridge over the 40. The work will be carried out day and night so that road service can resume by the start of Monday’s workweek. Nearly 2,000 m3 of concrete will be demolished in two days.
Closures will go into effect at 3 pm on Saturday, November 3 and is slated to reopen on Monday, November 5 at 3 am.
Once completed, the REM light rail train will provide high-frequency service, 20 hours a day in 4 directions, the South Shore, Montréal-Trudeau Airport, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, and Deux-Montagne.
The 100% electric train will have 26 stations that will cover 67 km and its first phase is slated for a 2021 opening.
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