Summer is coming – and so are the orange cones and detours

Summer is coming – and so are the orange cones and detours

Quebec City (Quebec) 19 March 2015 – Summer is coming, whether we believe it or not, and with the warmer weather comes more road construction and traffic interruptions.

Most of the work this year will be on the major arteries surrounding the city, like route 73 (Henri lV), and the Laurentian Autoroute, together with some interchange repairs on route 40 (Boul de la Capitale). All the highway repairs will fall under the MTQ’s (Minister of Transport, Quebec) budget which has been set at $360 million. The city itself will only see one major construction site, albeit a large one.

The federal Government has given the go ahead to rebuild the Quebec Armories building, known locally as the Ménage Militaire which burned down in 2008, with a budget of $104 million.

The project, announced through CBC, will cause havoc in the area of the park known as Place Georges-V.

The park, which borders on the famous Grande Allée, will be pretty much shut down for the next two years as it will serve as the construction site’s home-base for lodging and equipment.

The area is one of the busiest places for all summer activities in the city being used by the summer festival, the grand prix cycling and war memorial celebrations.

The construction company contractors and the city are working together to maintain as much free space as possible on the park land so as to cause the least amount of disruption for the summer events.

The businesses along Grand Allée would have preferred the site to be behind the old structure but, Place Georges-V was chosen as the safest and most convenient spot for the two year construction project.

The circulation on Grande Allée itself should not be affected.

Watch this space for congestion updates over the coming months.

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