Two more weeks of obstacles in Portland
The obstructions on Portland Boulevard will continue for two weeks, with the exception of the evening rush hour, where two westbound lanes will be returned to motorists starting Monday.
Share September 4, 2020 1:17 p.m. Updated at 3:22 p.m. Share Two more weeks of obstacles in Portland
Jonathan Custeau La Tribune The simultaneous construction sites hampering King Street West and Portland Boulevard, west of Jacques-Cartier Boulevard, will continue to give motorists headaches for another two weeks. To reduce congestion, the City will temporarily reopen the two westbound lanes of traffic on Portland every evening during rush hour.
According to the director of the Urban Infrastructure Department at the City of Sherbrooke, Caroline Gravel, these two projects had not been planned to be held at the same time. This is an unforeseen event for which the City could do nothing.
“Major excavation work, that is, the replacement of underground infrastructure, has started on Fréchette Street. These works require that we connect to the center of Boulevard de Portland. We will understand that we had a COVID situation. Work began later than expected. Considering the length of the King Ouest site, we could not prevent the two sites from overlapping, ”she begins.
It is a delay in the granting of a subsidy which causes the sites to be held simultaneously.
“Rue Fréchette is part of a subsidy program for which we were authorized at the end of July. Work is planned this year in this program. There have been delays in approvals due to COVID. When we did our planning in January and February, we hadn't planned to do both at the same time. Now, given the length of the work, we have no choice. “
The rue Fréchette worksite will last another eight to ten weeks. Due to truck maneuvering, the two westbound lanes on Portland Boulevard will have to be closed for another two weeks. “At rush hour, in the evening, we will give two lanes westbound and one eastbound to facilitate traffic. In two weeks, the maneuvers of the trucks will be able to be done directly on rue Fréchette. “