Tabling of a much-awaited report by a special committee on the topic - Unanimous opinion reached on building a service bridge between Verdun's mainland and l'Ile-des-Soeurs



    VERDUN, QC, July 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The special committee-formed last
February on Mayor Claude Trudel's initiative-to examine whether it would be
appropriate to build a bridge connecting the two shores of the Verdun Borough
"is unanimously recommending that a service bridge be built, and particularly
for emergency vehicles, buses, bicycles and pedestrians, provided that it is
accepted, in principle, by the majority of Verdun residents and that it is
financed by an authority other than the Borough".
    The findings of this committee were announced, today, by Verdun Borough
Mayor Claude Trudel, when the Committee's report was tabled at the regular
Borough Council meeting. The Mayor took the opportunity to mention that the
committee's recommendation was unanimous and to thank the members and
congratulate them as well. "The Council members and I are fully endorsing this
recommendation," added Mayor Trudel.
    "The Committee quickly fulfilled its mandate and succeeded in
examining-without any strong feelings or any ambitions other than all
Verdunites' best interests-whether it would be appropriate to build a new
bridge, and the conditions under which this project might be carried out,"
stated Mayor Trudel. "The Committee pondered over many matters in this regard,
had a chance to consult all relevant documentation available to the Borough
and even had access to the findings of the survey that we conducted among
Verdunites in May-before these findings were published."
    As it may be recalled, part of this survey conducted by Léger Marketing
specifically dealt with the construction of a bridge linking the two shores of
the Verdun Borough. The majority (71%) of Verdunites (and 74% of residents in
the L'Ile-des-Soeurs neighbourhood) said they were in favour of building a
service bridge.
    "These findings show a clear change in our Borough residents' attitude
toward this project," noted Mayor Trudel, in reiterating his "firm intention
to consult the population whenever necessary".
    In this regard, the Mayor also intends to subsequently pursue his
discussions with the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal "so as to speed
up-insofar as possible-a pre-feasibility study on build a bridge". Various
financing assumptions will also be examined "so that depending on Verdunites'
wishes, the possible construction of a bridge isn't amortized by the Borough,"
added Mayor Trudel in his closing remarks.




For further information:

For further information: Francine Morin, Responsable du protocole et des
relations publiques, Verdun Borough, (514) 765-7282, francine.morin@verdun.ca,
francinemorin@ville.montreal.qc.ca; Source: Verdun Borough
(ville.montreal.qc.ca/verdun)

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