One of the province’s biggest infrastructure projects in history is about to get a lot greener.
Quebec’s Ministère des Transports (MTQ) and the City of Montreal have unveiled final plans for a giant new green space that will be parallel to the newly-renovated Turcot Interchange.
The green space, known officially as the “Falaise Saint-Jacques,” will feature a multi-use path, a parking lot, and rest areas.
The MTQ says the 2,800-tree park will help to “diversify wildlife habitats” and “increase biodiversity” in the area.
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The MTQ says it hopes development on the green space can begin by the end of 2020 and schedules to open the park to the public in the spring of 2022.
The Falaise Saint-Jacques will separate the space between the new Highway 20 and rue Saint-Jacques, adding much-needed greenery to Montreal’s 13-year $3.67-billion Turcot construction project.
The Turcot connects the Champlain Bridge to highways 15, 20, and 720. The highway is an essential link between Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport, downtown Montreal, and its connecting boroughs.
The interchange is used by roughly 300,000 motorists per day.
Construction work began on the Turcot began in 2015 and is slated to be “100% complete” by the spring of 2021.
Quebec’s Transport Ministry says this is the end of major road closures within the Turcot sector, and the new green space is not expected to close any “major arteries,” according to the MTQ.