Montreal widens certain sidewalks to make physical distancing easier

Apr 20 2020, 6:41 am

As part of city-wide efforts to limit physical distancing, the City of Montreal has added what its calling “sanitary corridors” to widen sidewalks so pedestrians can pass each other at a safe distance.

The 4.5-metre-wide corridors were first tested in The Plateau over Easter Weekend.

Over the weekend, the expanded sidewalks were added to eight other boroughs throughout the island.

“The implementation of safety corridors in various boroughs will enable Montrealers to travel safely for their essential needs, all while observing social distancing,” said Mayor Valérie Plante in a statement. “What’s more, this initiative will help promote local purchasing habits. I would like to thank the boroughs that have contributed to the realization of these safety corridors.”

The city says more corridors could be added as needed.

The following widened sidewalks have been added, specifically in front of each borough’s “busiest essential service stores”:

In front of certain essential service providers along Promenade Fleury

Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Avenue Laurier Est, between rue Brébeuf and Avenue Papineau
Avenue du Parc, between Rue Sherbrooke and Rue Prince-Arthur
Rue Rachel, between Avenue de l’Esplanade and Avenue Christophe-Colomb

Avenue Monkland, between Avenue Girouard and Avenue Draper
Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, between Rue Jean-Brillant and Chemin Queen-Mary
Chemin Queen-Mary, between Avenue de Westbury and Avenue Clanranald

Avenue Van Horne, between Avenue de Wiseman and Avenue Outremont.

Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
Rue Beaubien, between Avenue De Lorimier and Boulevard Saint-Michel
Rue Masson, between Rue Molson and Rue Lafond
Rue Beaubien, between Rue de la Roche and Boulevard Saint-Laurent

Rue Ontario, between Boulevard Pie-IX and Rue Moreau
Rue Hochelaga, between Rue Honoré-Beaugrand and Rue Taillon
In front of certain essential service providers along Rue Sainte-Catherine, Rue Sherbrooke, Rue Lacordaire, Rue De Grosbois, Rue De Contrecoeur, Rue Des Ormeaux, Rue Dézéry, and Rue De Marseille

In front of certain essential service providers along Rue Wellington, Rue De Verdun, and Rue Bannantyne.

Rue Ontario, between Rue Alexandre-de-Sève and Avenue Papineau
Rue Ontario, between Rue Atateken and Rue Alexandre-de-Sève
Rue Sainte-Catherine Est, between Rue Cartier and Avenue De Lorimier
Rue Sainte-Catherine Est, between Rue Wolf and Rue de la Visitation
Rue Sainte-Catherine Est, between Rue Saint-Hubert and Rue Saint-Timothé
Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, between Rue Metcalf and Rue Mansfield
Boulevard Saint-Laurent, between Boulevard de Maisonneuve and Rue Sainte-Catherine
Rue Du Fort, between Rue Sainte-Catherine and Boulevard de Maisonneuve

Le Sud-Ouest
In front of certain essential service providers along Rue Notre-Dame Ouest and Rue Peel

Other streets and street segments may be added in accordance with public health recommendations as the situation continues to evolve, states the City of Montreal.

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