The Plante administration is still considering the possibility of introducing one-way traffic on a portion in the axis of the Camillien-Houde way, on Mount Royal. A few hours before the end of the last municipal council of the year, the official opposition to the City of Montreal denounced a secret decision of the Projet Montréal party.
On November 7, Mayor Valérie Plante’s executive committee approved an expenditure of nearly $ 23,000 for a feasibility study at the firm Intervia. The Montreal company specializing in the field of urban mobility has been given the specific mandate to study the possibility of the “one-way street” of the Camillien-Houde route.
The official opposition points out that the existence of this impact study is not mentioned anywhere in the 2020 budget. A fiscal year marked by a meteoric rise in spending by 8.1%.
“Once again, the Plante administration shows how much it does on its own terms, on an ideological basis, rather than listening to Montrealers,” said Lionel Perez, of the Ensemble Montreal party. Mount Royal is a jewel, it is a jewel. We want our pleasure way. But we will continue to ensure the accountability of the Plante administration. ”
In the mayor’s office, the press secretary, Geneviève Jutras, explains that the contract follows on from a proposal by the opposition in a brief filed with the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM). Ensemble Montréal was, in fact, referring to the section between the Camillien-Houde lookout and the Maison Smith.
At the moment, it is too early to draw any conclusion on the future of Camillien-Houde road, specifies Ms. Jutras. The vision will be presented next spring.
“Our teams are currently carrying out several traffic and access studies to the mountain with a view to transforming it into a park path, as recommended by the OCPM. These studies aim to carry out a complete diagnosis of accessibility to the mountains, whether it is accessibility on foot, by bicycle, or via university campuses and the cemetery. ”
In a report, the OCPM has already concluded that it was unable to qualify a “pilot project” to test the withdrawal of through traffic on the Camillien-Houde route as “successful”. The Office recognized a significant reduction in automobile transit on the emblematic mountain road, but criticized the absence of measures to promote active and collective transportation.