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Reconstruction of the Saint-Jean overpass at Highway 40 – The City requests a multi-purpose overpass

The mayor of the City of Pointe-Claire, John Belvedere, and the members of City Council are asking the Québec government to develop a multi-purpose crossing for pedestrians, cyclists and people with reduced mobility as part of the reconstruction of the Saint-Jean overpass stretching across Highway 40.

“Active mobility is a key focus of our city’s sustainable urban development. In this perspective, and with the arrival of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) and the Fairview–Pointe-Claire station in this area of the city centre, it is essential that a multi-purpose crossing be included in the Saint-Jean overpass reconstruction project. We have to make sure that everyone can cross safely, regardless of their mode of travel,” Mayor Belvedere said.

Saint-Jean Boulevard serves the hub of the West Island’s local and regional economic activities, with an average flow of 35 to 40,000 vehicles per day.

The Saint-Jean overpass stretches across up to 12 traffic lanes of Highway 40 when you include the service roads. The existing facilities on this overpass, sidewalks in both directions, are not safe for active travel. The design needs to be reviewed with a focus on active mobility.

“A multi-purpose overpass at Highway 40 is essential to ensure active and safe mobility between all the city’s districts. It will allow people and vehicles to coexist more harmoniously,” Mr. Belvedere added.

The request was sent to the Minister of Transport, François Bonnardel, and the Minister Delegate for Transport, Chantal Rouleau, following Council’s unanimous adoption of a resolution aimed at ensuring a safe crossing, as provided for in the Ministère des Transports’ 2030 sustainable mobility policy and the 2018–2023 active transportation action plan.

According to information received from the Ministère, reconstruction of the Saint-Jean overpass at Highway 40 is scheduled for 2023.