Montreal announces ambitious program of construction projects
October 24, 2015
The city of Montreal has announced it will be spending $5.2 billion over the next three years on capital projects, including roads, water infrastructure, and developing neighbourhoods.
Mayor Denis Coderre presented the city’s 2016-2018 three-year capital works program on October 22. The program is a 15% increase compared to the 2015-2017 plan. The spending is split between 76.5% for rehabilitation of infrastructure and 23.5% on new projects.
The ambitious and long list of projects included several related to the 375th anniversary of Montréal’s founding in 2017. They include the development of Parc Jean-Drapeau as a unique urban park for $67million. Also, Rue Sainte Catherine Ouest is being redeveloped from Mansfield to De Bleury for $48.5 million. And the city is reconfiguring the Bonaventure Expressway and developing walkways from the mountain to the river for $36 million and redeveloping the Bonaventure Expressway as a new entrance to downtownfor $33 million.
Other specific new projects on the list of spending include $50 million for upgrading street lighting and $45 million on developing 50-kilometres of bike paths each year, $31 million on the massive Turcot Interchange redevelopment, $26 million on Plaza St-Hubert, and $26 million on redeveloping Avenue Papineau.
Six drinking water plants are being upgraded: Atwater, Des Baillets, Dorval, Lachine, Pierrefonds and Pointe-Claire. For water main and sewer network renovations the city has allocated $463 million. There is also $75 million for the Rosemont and Dollard-Des Ormeaux reservoirs and pumping stations, $72 million for work on the Rockfield, William, Lavigne, Leduc and Marc-Aurèle-Fortin retention structures.
In terms of urban development, the city promises $74.5 million for the Outremont university campus district, and $46 million for Griffintown.
Completion of the last phase of the Quartier des spectacles, the development of Esplanade Clark is included, at a cost $47 million
For the complete list of projects, which include many not mentioned above, click here.