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City borrows $2.5M for work on D’Anjou

vendredi le 13 mai 2022
Modifié à 16 h 35 min le 13 mai 2022
Par Valérie Lessard

vlessard@gravitemedia.com

The City of Châteauguay will undertake asphalting work on d’Anjou boulevard. (Photo:Le Soleil – Jules Gauthier)

The City of Châteauguay will undertake asphalting work on d’Anjou boulevard. To do so, the city will borrow $2.5M and expects to begin work in the month of August.  

Translation Amanda Bennett

The resurfacing will occur on the entire span, from Arthur Laberge Bridge to Saint-Jean-Baptiste Boulevard. “We validated that all the underground pipes we fine before moving forward,” ensured Eric Allard, Mayor of Châteauguay.  

 He affirmed that the asphalt would have a life span of 7 to 10 years.

At the March council meeting, a Châteauguay resident had called upon elected officials to see whether they would consider efforts to beautify the main artery that runs through the municipality. “Make a signature boulevard so that citizens are proud to travel through the city,” expressed René Barette.

He was making reference to Industrial Boulevard which was completely redone at a cost of $13.5M. A section of that artery was built in cement. “I would have definitely liked to redo D’Anjou Boulevard in cement, but the work would have lasted a year. I don’t think that we have the luxury of closing the boulevard for a whole year,” responded Mr. Allard.

The mayor mentioned that the Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) was looking at beautifying certain arteries and that d’Anjou was among them. Questioned on the topic, the CMM’s communications advisor Julie Brunet told the newspaper that the CMM had been called upon to propose arteries to an organization for a project, but that Châteauguay’s boulevard had not been selected.

Decision to drop burial of wires

The City of Châteauguay has also discarded the idea of burying electrical wires on D’Anjou Boulevard. It will refund Hydro-Québec’s ongoing and incurred costs to date, for an amount of $11,556.

The Mayor explained that the cost of burying wires was just too high. “The cost of burying the wires would have been higher than the costs of redoing all of the asphalt,” he explained. He noted that Hydro-Québec’s program only applied to 950 m whereas the boulevard is 2.3 kilometres long.