We will no longer enter the city in the same way after the arrival of the tramway in 2028, because access to the Laurier sector will be turned upside down.
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After the tramway is put into service, which will run on Laurier, automobile traffic will be modified all around. Quebec City officials explained these changes Wednesday evening to members of the Saint-Louis neighborhood council.
Due to the tram platform, which will be raised, left turns along the artery will only be possible at three locations, namely at Lavigerie, Jean-De Quen and Robert-Bourassa (northbound). .
Consequently, “there will be changes in traffic patterns,” said Laurie Laperrière, from the City of Quebec, adding that all sectors would remain accessible.
Habits will be considerably modified with regard to access to sectors north or south of Laurier, in particular for motorists coming from the bridges, the Duplessis highway, René-Lévesque and Robert-Bourassa.
In many cases, they will have to fall back on Hochelaga Boulevard, which has been widened in recent years to accommodate this new flow of vehicles.
In addition, the City presented a new sketch of the shape that the tram segment that will run off the street on the Rochebelle campus will take. It will pass behind the Andrée-P.-Boucher building, where there are currently two soccer fields. The Center de services scolaire des Découvreurs will redevelop its grounds with the support of the City.
In this sector, we learned that, of the 535 existing trees on the route between chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois and boulevard Laurier, 420 would be protected or transplanted and 115 would have to be felled. This last number includes 11 small diameter trees and shrubs and 26 ash trees.
Due to the development of a roundabout, an area of 400 m2 of the Rochebelle forest will be affected. The City insisted that its priority was to avoid felling in the woodlots.
When this is not possible, the impacts will be minimized “by compensating by reforestation, conservation or restoration of a similar area close to that removed”.