In a few years, Boulevard Gouin Ouest, between Boulevard Toupin and Avenue Martin, in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, will have a completely new appearance. Work will start in 2022.
The redesign work will encompass 1.7 km. It will make this part of the street safer and more attractive for everyone. The heritage and natural character of the Bois-de-Saraguay woods and Boulevard Gouin will also be enhanced.
The project will transform this portion of Boulevard Gouin Ouest, which has been found to be dangerous, particularly for pedestrians and motorists. The selected design includes the creation of a sidewalk and a two-way bicycle path protected by a planting strip along the north side of Boulevard Gouin, between Boulevard Toupin and Avenue Martin. One traffic lane will be maintained in each direction.
The current overhead Hydro-Québec and Bell Canada distribution lines will be placed underground to complete the safety redesign and enhance Boulevard Gouin.
In the Parc-nature du Bois-de-Saraguay area, a tree-cutting project will occur at the end of the year to permit creation of the new design and remove invasive exotic tree species. Trees, bushes and perennial plants will be added to restore the woodland and natural character of this nature park.
When completed, these new landscaping elements will allow people, especially those using public transit and active transportation modes, to enjoy a safe, green and pleasant space.
Projects in the Parc-nature du Bois-de-Saraguay
Work in the Bois-de-Saraguay area will provide safe access for pedestrians and cyclists to this part of Montréal, as well as to future activity hubs, Collège Sainte-Marcelline and the Résidence de l’Amitié. Access to public transit will also be improved. Finally, the redesign will recognize the heritage and woodland character of Parc-nature du Bois-de-Saraguay and Boulevard Gouin.
Purpose of the redesign work
The work project will meet the following objectives:
- Enhance the heritage and woodland character of Parc-nature du Bois-de-Saraguay and Boulevard Gouin
- Reduce impacts on the natural forest of the nature park and maintain the woodland and nature character of the boulevard within the park
- Preserve the park’s natural water system
- Provide safe access for pedestrians and cyclists to this part of Montréal and future activity hubs, Collège Sainte-Marcelline and Résidence de l’Amitié Saraguay
- Improve access to public transit
- Generate traffic speeds appropriate for the neighbourhood and the nature park
A long-awaited project
This project is the result of several large municipal initiatives, including the 2019 bicycle plan, the Parcours Gouin, the Parcours riverain and the Réseau Vert, all of which include the objective of enhancing Boulevard Gouin while ensuring public safety.
The goal is to protect, enhance and preserve the natural, cultural and landscape resources of the area, in particular by preserving the hydrological ecosystem and natural habitats and improving ecological connectivity among the different zones of the nature park. In addition, the project will increase recreational connectivity by improving access for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users.
The redesign elements are a result of the information meeting held on August 18, 2020, in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, during which a clear consensus arose in favour of the option of creating a continuous bicycle path on Boulevard Gouin Ouest.