Closure of the southern lane and reconfiguration of Remembrance Road
The work that has been undertaken on Chemin Remembrance, provided for in the Ville de Montréal’s Plan de transport, is part of a larger enhancement project for Mount Royal. The interventions to date, as well as those to come, are in keeping with the Mount Royal Protection and Enhancement Plan and aim to render the mountain more accessible and welcoming to all users.
Over the last several years, it has become apparent that the automobile has taken a predominant place on the mountain and a radical change was necessary in order to balance the needs between mobility and protection of living environments.
As part of the work undertaken on Chemin Remembrance, the following objectives were taken into consideration:
- reduce the predominance of the automobile on the mountain;
- reduce transit traffic through Mount Royal Park;
- promote harmonious cohabitation between different users of the park;
- promote pedestrian and cyclist access in road configurations.
1. What exactly has been done?
- The southern lane of Chemin Remembrance has been closed to automobile traffic between the Beaver Lake parking lot and the Voie Camillien-Houde and is now dedicated to pedestrians, cyclists, service vehicles and emergency vehicles;
- A multifunctional lane situated between the Smith House sector and the Beaver Lake sector (identified by decorative markings of leaves on the pavement) is now entirely dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists;
- The connections from this multifunctional lane to the existing pedestrian network are now complete (sections 2 and 3 of the ring road currently under development are now safely connected for pedestrians);
- Sidewalks and pedestrian crosswalks have been configured in strategic locations in order to ensure safe and convivial passage by users;
- The northern lane of Chemin Remembrance remains assigned for use by motor vehicles, including buses, and has become bidirectional;
- The traffic pattern around the two parking lots near Smith House have been reoriented to ensure safe and convivial passage by pedestrians;
- The STM bus stops have been relocated closer to the main centres of activity.
2. Is there more work to come?
Yes, this project represents the first of a larger enhancement project for Mount Royal.
Numerous complementary projects are currently being studied for the mountain territory:
- Reconfiguration of the Côte-des-Neiges/Remembrance interchange in the style of a roundabout;
- Completion of the ring road and the north-south road;
- Securing of the Voie Camillien-Houde;
- Reconfiguration of the Mont-Royal and Camillien-Houde intersection;
- Review of the areas surrounding the Beaver Lake pavilion and Smith House;
- Review of the overall parking offer on the mountain.
All of these projects have the common goal of reducing the predominance of the automobile and to return of the mountain to users by favouring active and collective forms of transportation.
Source: Ville de Montréal, Réseau des grands parcs