For five years, Mobilisation Turcot has been focused on the question: what to do about the Turcot Interchange? We have been consulting with residents, urban planners, health professions, architects and engineers. Mobilisation Turcot has decided to support the option below, while integrating various public transit elements of Turcot 375 and the City of Montreal's plan.
Since 2007, the Ministry of Transportation (MTQ) has presented only one alternative for the future Turcot Interchange. In 2010, the MTQ added a few cosmetic changes, but their plan remains essentially the same: a bigger highway interchange designed without a coherent public transit plan and with no consideration for surrounding neighbourhoods and natural areas.
There are more cost-effective and modern alternatives to the MTQ's expensive, car-oriented design. One option is to maintain the parts of the highway that are still in a good state of repair. The MTQ's plan involves replacing large parts of the Ville-Marie and highway 20 that are still structurally sound. (maybe add image of cost breakdown from les Saviez-vous que) A simpler plan that concentrates on the interchange itself would be less expensive and faster to build, allowing new infrastructure to be put in place by 2017 without compromising public safety.
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Turcot 375 was developed by Pierre Gauthier, a professor of urban planning at Concordia University, and architect Pierre Brisset of the Groupe de recherche urbain Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (GRUHM). Read more
The City of Montreal also proposed alternative designs in 2010. This plan focused on reducing the Turcot's size using a roundabout interchange and adding several new public transit lines. Read more
Other major cities have found inspiring solutions to urban highway design, including reducing their size and removing them altogether. Read more