Road work and archeological dig on Grande Allée this summer

Road work and archeological dig on Grande Allée this summer

One of Quebec City’s major arteries will be getting a facelift this summer starting at the end of July and will be completely closed to traffic up until the month of November. But don’t worry, you’ll still be able to enjoy the sidewalk cafés and restaurants.

Grande Allée is the beautiful upper town entrance to the city used by most tourist busses, locals, and visitors alike to reach the Old City and all its attractions. A $510,000 contract, the work will also include an archeological dig the length of the artery to find the so far unknown gravesite of Samuel de Champlain. The search for his burial site has been an on-going challenge in and around the city for more than 20 years now, with different sites being uncovered but, to no avail.

All the work will be from the Concord Hotel westward to Ave. des Érables so won’t affect the restaurant and bar area. When finished it should coincide with the opening of the new wing of the Musée national des Beaux Arts, called Pavillon Pierre-Lassonde, currently under construction.

The city planners have taken precautions to redirect any tourist traffic as simply and realistically as possible by using other routes keeping in mind to cause the least amount of congestion to residents and travellers alike.

As inconvenient as this may sound, the road in question has long needed repaving, and with the archeologists getting involved, it could be a double-whammy for the city and tourists alike if they find that mystery grave. In any event, with Gilmour Hill and the Grande Allée both being under construction this summer the Montcalm district, might just be a section of the city to avoid starting the 21st of July.

…………………………………………………………… Staff Writer

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