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Ile Perrot

Forest Ave. will open, but likely won’t be paved this year

  • Chuck Racette runs through construction on the eventual extension of Forest Ave. in Notre Dame de l'Ile Perrot
    Chuck Racette runs through construction on the eventual extension of Forest Ave. in Notre Dame de l'Ile Perrot
    Photo credit: John Kenney/The Gazette

The town of Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot will open Forest St. by the end of the year, but it likely won’t be paved.

The road, which will link the town with Pincourt, is being built in hopes of easing congestion on heavily backlogged 5th Ave. It will allow residents of Forest Ave., as it’s known in Pincourt, to better access Don Quichotte Blvd.


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N.D.I.P. Mayor Marie-Claude Nichols told residents at a council meeting Tuesday night the long-awaited project has been delayed because work crews ran into very hard rocks that they had to dig up.

“They said what was a three-day job took them three weeks to do,” Nichols said.

Complicating the matter is the fact there is a water pipe in the area, which supplies the towns of Pincourt and Terrasse Vaudreuil, so work crews were not able to blast the rocks with dynamite for fear of damaging the pipe.

The project, which was slated to be completed by November, will likely drag on until at least May, as the town has elected not to do paving work during the winter months to save costs.

All the delays will add to the final price tag, Nichols said, but she didn’t know by how much. The town has taken out a $2.2-million loan to pay for the project, which will include the installation of sewers and street lamps.

The street will be set up for homes to be built. Sewers will have caps on them that can be opened for future construction projects.

Nichols said that is the only area of the town that is zoned for high-density residential development, so condo towers could be built there.

The land is owned by a company called Investissements Braeside. She said the owners of the area land are preparing a residential project, but they must receive permission from the provincial environment ministry to build there since some of it is located in environmentally sensitive wetlands.

“I don’t know when anything will be built in that area,” she said.

jmagder@montrealgazette.com
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