MONTREAL, Feb. 10, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - While the Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough voted unanimously on December 6th, 2010 to demand the opening of the MUHC's emergency access route, the exact opposite happened this week. As well as not ploughing the snow on the road, the MUHC decided to bury the access road with dirt as demonstrated by the photo taken this morning. "Michael Applebaum is incapable of doing the job of defending our borough's citizens. Already, Westmount mayor Peter Trent has refused to open this road which would permit construction trucks to use this road instead of using NDG's residential streets," denounced Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor Peter McQueen.
To see the photos taken this morning : www.projetmontreal.org/communique/1213
Thousands of vehicles pass through NDG's residential streets ever since the Décarie Boulevard was closed to traffic in order to build the new MUHC. "We understand that it is inevitable that NDG citizens will undergo significant inconveniences during construction. However, simple solutions could have been put in place by the City of Montreal, the City of Westmount and the MUHC in order to ensure that site workers and heavy trucks going to the construction site pass by De Courcelle (Glen Road) which is already built in a non-residential area. We have been making this proposal since June of 2010 and Mayor Applebaum acquiesced in presenting a motion on December 2010 which I supported," affirmed the NDG Councillor.
"Yet nothing has changed since December 2010. Neither Michael Applebaum nor the provincial government seem ready to take control of this situation and force the opening of this road that the MUHC had authorised and paid for in 2010, hoping that Westmount would be reasonable," concludes Peter McQueen.
Again, it is important to remember that Projet Montréal has always supported the MUHC construction in the neighbourhood. However, it hopes that negative impacts to residents be reduced by an intelligent, public management of traffic.
Background information from June 2010: http://en.projetmontreal.org/communique/1038
November 2010 Press Release: http://en.projetmontreal.org/en.php/communique/1080
The Motion Adopted by the Borough Council in December 2010 (in French): http://projetmontreal.org/document/193
For further information:
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