The hell of the works overflows far in the east of Montreal

Hell of work overflows far into east Montreal

UPGRADE DAY

Collateral victims of the work on the Louis-Hyppolyte-La Fontaine bridge-tunnel, residents of the east of the island or neighboring towns have seen their travel time double or even triple since Monday.< /strong>

“For the past few days, a trip that used to take me 20 minutes has taken me up to an hour. People are trying to find alternatives and come, for example, to Notre-Dame Street, and so it creates congestion, ”sums up Noémie Drouin, a 36-year-old stevedore who lives in Pointe-aux-Trembles and works at the port. of Montreal.

Since the complete closure of one of the two tubes of the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine bridge-tunnel on Monday, the situation has become hellish for the inhabitants of the east.

“It has a major impact on our lives,” says Christian Urdareanu, a resident of Terrebonne who works at Place Versailles.

Because for the 56-year-old man, the impact of the gigantic construction site is as much in time as in money .

The difficult return to the South Shore through the tunnel on Wednesday afternoon.

Paying for others

“Before, by highway 40, it took me about 30 minutes, now it takes me 1h30. toll of the 25, even if it is paying, because it is supposed to be faster. But [yesterday] it still took 1h15″, he laments.

“Every day it's a nightmare that I live, a nightmare that costs me almost $10 [per day ],” he adds.

For Paola Dell Aquila, a resident of Anjou, hell begins around the corner.

“We are completely isolated. It sometimes takes us 30 minutes just to get out of our sector. That's how long it took me to get to work before! “says the one who works in a Carrefour jeunesse emploi in Verdun.

To avoid traffic when she works, she had to arrange with her employer to start at 7 a.m., instead of 8 a.m.

“If I kept the same schedule, it would take me 1 hour and 10 minutes to go to work”, adds the one who is now thinking of moving to the west of the city.

Prisoner

Some residents, like Camille Harvey, feel downright stuck.

“We are not supposed to be directly affected by all the work, but now the eastern world, we are trapped by overflowing traffic. Even the alternative paths are completely crowded, there is no escape,” laments the 31-year-old practical nurse who lives in Repentigny and works in Pointe-aux-Trembles.

With at least three years of work, Christian Urdareanu thinks he will have to make a choice to escape this hell.

“The only solutions will be either to move or to have me transferred to another store”, he thinks.

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