Fourth Phase of Promenade Champlain Details Revealed

Fourth Phase of Promenade Champlain Details Revealed

Quebec City (Quebec) 26 July 2015 – Phase IV of the Samuel de Champlain promenade to link the Maizeret to the Montmorency Falls area will be less ambitious than the popular segment built along Boulevard Champlain. Rather than a linear eight-kilometer walk along the river, the Commission de la Capitale-Nationale du Québec (CCNQ) speaks rather of “points of interest” connecting to the Saint Lawrence River.

The plan will be presented this fall, said last week the president of the CCNQ, Françoise Mercure, alongside the unveiling of a new monument in the Parc de l’Amérique Latine. Very talkative on the outline of the project, Mme Mercure however reiterates that the primary objective of the Commission and its partners, the City of Québec and the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ), is “to return the river to Québécois”.

The trio will, however, be creative, since the at outset the President stressed that “we cannot do the same kind of work as those envisaged for phase III [station Foulon]” or those made on phase I. There will be “different ways to have points of interest” to get to the water, said the president, without specifying which. Gateways or lookouts may however be imagined.

We must therefore forget the great visions of 2011 when the Minister Sam Hamad had spoken of a more ambitious project than the current Promenade Samuel de Champlain, which cost $ 70 million. Everything was still considered, including relocation of the Dufferin-Montmorency highway or its transformation into an urban boulevard through the reduction in the number of lanes.

These options are now discarded, confirmed by the spokesman for the MTQ, Guillaume Paradis. “The Department of Transportation has no plans of major redevelopment of the Dufferin-Montmorency highway,” he says.

In this perspective, the scenarios are limited: Phase IV must be set to one side or the other of the motorway. It is currently impossible to know whether the strip of land between it and the river has sufficient width to accommodate such arrangements. On the other side, there is already a bike path, but it is rather far from the water.

The spokesman of the CCNQ, Anne-Marie Gauthier, emphasizes that it is often question of “Phase IV of Samuel de Champlain promenade”, the Commission officials rather designate work under the name “coastal sector.”

“We are not talking of Promenade Samuel de Champlain because it cannot be done in the same configuration,” she says, recalling that boulevard Champlain, which was essentially a highway, was transformed into an urban boulevard.

Another possible factor, this segment could reach the structure to replace the bridge of Île d’Orléans, where a bike lane could be arranged, information that refuse to confirm the MTQ and CCNQ.

But the Prefect of the MRC de l’Île d’Orléans, Jean-Pierre Turcotte, believes this would make sense. “The MTQ said they would reserve space for cyclists [on the structure that will link the island],” says one who sees a good eye any improvements for bikers.

While Phase III of the Samuel de Champlain promenade was put on ice by the Liberal government, the next phase is unlikely to emerge soon. “That does not stop us from continuing to make sure we are ready when the project will be on the starting line,” says Françoise Mercure.

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