René-Lévesque and Mi-Vallon: which boulevard to finish first?
The City of Sherbrooke indicates that René-Lévesque Boulevard will not be extended before 2023.
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Jonathan Custeau La Tribune Councilor Annie Godbout is beginning to feel the urgency to complete the last phase of René-Lévesque Boulevard, which would connect the current boulevard to Bourque Boulevard. Her colleague Évelyne Beaudin believes that priority should instead be given to extending Boulevard Mi-Vallon to increase the social acceptability of residential projects at the intersection of the Rock Forest and Carrefour districts.
Ms. Godbout spoke at the end of the municipal council, Monday, in reaction to the comments of a citizen who said he was disappointed with the new developments at the corner of Boulevard Bourque and Rue du Haut-Bois. The City has removed the ramps for the right turns this summer, pending a complete redevelopment of the intersection during the extension of Boulevard René-Lévesque.
“I have received few calls from citizens on this subject, but I have heard about fluidity problems linked to temporary arrangements. The aim is to secure pedestrians and cyclists. Many people from the Sélection Network were asking to secure the crossing to the pharmacy. I was surprised to see to what extent we had to demolish almost new sidewalks for this work when we will rearrange everything when René-Lévesque is finished. The message this sends us, and we have also seen it with the new project at the corner of rue Matisse, is that boulevard René-Lévesque must be finished. It must become a priority for elected officials and that the deadline be considered to complete this project. There are a lot of fluidity and mobility issues in the sector, ”comments Ms. Godbout.
The councilor hopes that the plans and specifications for the last segment of the boulevard, between rue Henri-Labonne and boulevard Bourque, can be completed next year for construction during the next term. “The board members will dictate the pace, but I wanted to raise a flag. It is essential not to delay this issue. It is important to have a comprehensive planning of the whole sector. We must also rethink Boulevard Bourque, between Mi-Vallon and President-Kennedy. All these projects are convergent. “
At the City of Sherbrooke, it is reported that the extension of René-Lévesque Boulevard is not planned at least before 2023.