Integrated projects: Achieving several objectives at once

Last updated June 30, 2021
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Montréal has hundred-year-old underground infrastructures that must be progressively replaced. The city is taking advantage of these necessary major projects to get as much work done at the same time as possible and reduce nuisances to residents.

What is an integrated project?

The city has to work underneath the street in order to repair or upgrade the sewer or waterworks network. These work sites can last for months and sometimes even for years. We take the opportunity to perform other work on the same site that needs to be done at the same time, such as rebuilding roads/sidewalks/extensions and replacing water service lines. We also coordinate with our external partners, including Hydro-Québec, Énergir, Bell, Vidéotron and the Commission des services électriques de Montréal.

These projects include:

  • Rebuilding and upgrading underground electrical and telecommunications infrastructures 
  • Upgrading the gas line network

Why integrate multiple projects?

There are a number of advantages to integrated projects. By performing several types of work in the same place and at the same time, the city is able to:

  • Perform all of the work more quickly. 
  • Limit disturbances to residents
  • Avoid returning again and again to the same site in order to complete different projects 
  • Where possible, the city is taking the opportunity to create defining projects for boroughs and neighbourhoods. Sidewalks are widened to be safer and more accessible, bike paths are integrated into existing designs and trees are planted to green streets.

For example:

  • Work to modernize infrastructures underneath Avenue Pierre-De Coubertin in Mercier—Hochelaga—Maisonneuve are an opportunity to completely redesign the street, making it safer and more user-friendly.

Did you know?

Since 2018, integrated projects represent 30 per cent of the city’s work sites each year.