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  • Kate 18:52 on 2022-10-31 Permalink | Reply  

    Media are in general agreement that the first day of the partial closure of the Lafontaine tunnel did not create a monster traffic jam as had been feared. There have been delays but nothing outrageous, although the Radio‑Canada reportage has an air of “just you wait!”

    • Kevin 22:32 on 2022-10-31 Permalink

      Hardly anyone commutes on Mondays and Tuesdays… Although I was surprised that after having cadets and cops manning lights for the past 6 weeks around the Ville Marie’s eastern edge, there were none around Monday.

    • dhomas 17:08 on 2022-11-01 Permalink

      @Kevin: I think Mondays and Fridays are probably the days with the least commuting (see my post below about it).

      My daily commute back to my home office from dropping off the kids at school takes me to somewhere between the Beaubien and Sherbrooke exits of the 25 South. When I used to take the 25 to get home, I would be going west from RDP and onto the 25 Sout to get off at the Beaubien exit.

      Since I work for a European company and it was a holiday in most of Europe today, my morning meetings were all canceled. I decided I would take the 25 to get home to see how bad it is. One thing to note is that if you’re getting onto the 25 South from the 40 West, you can no longer exit at the Beaubien exit. They’ve placed concrete dividers for all traffic arriving from the 40 West all the way down, past the Beaubien exit. If you are going east on the 40 and take the onramp to the 25 South, you can still get out at Beaubien. So, instead of getting off at my usual exit, I needed to get off at the next exit, Sherbrooke. Taking the 25 added over 30 minutes to my (regularly 15 minute) commute. It is really bad. And I didn’t even get to the bridge/tunnel. I can only imagine how much worse it is for them.

  • Kate 18:48 on 2022-10-31 Permalink | Reply  

    A woman who’d been shot showed up at an unnamed hospital Monday afternoon after shots were heard somewhere unspecified in Little Italy, Petite-Patrie or Outremont.

    Sometimes this vague news reporting gets silly.

    • Matt G 09:21 on 2022-11-01 Permalink

      A lot of cops investigating close to Beaubien at Alma yesterday afternoon…

  • Kate 14:05 on 2022-10-31 Permalink | Reply  

    Sad resolution to one of the weekend stories: the body of the baby who fell into the Mille-Îles river during a car plunge on Friday has been found. Its mother and her other child survived the incident, which La Presse ascribes to a suicidal impulse.

    • Kate 08:25 on 2022-10-31 Permalink | Reply  

      I haven’t been in Old Montreal in awhile. Has anyone seen this huge hotel that’s been built behind Viger Station and got any critique of the effect the building has on its surroundings?

      • shawn 09:07 on 2022-10-31 Permalink

        I had no idea this was happening. Looks ok!

      • Kate 09:10 on 2022-10-31 Permalink

        That’s an idealized architectural drawing, shawn. I’m wondering how it comes off in reality.

      • carswell 09:23 on 2022-10-31 Permalink

        Some photos of the building and how it fits with its surroundings in this thread on Agora Montréal:

        Based on the pics, I find it kind of predictable but less objectionable than other recent downtown buildings. Those interior renderings, on the other hand, are awful, the antithesis of warm and welcoming.

      • Myles 09:29 on 2022-10-31 Permalink

        I’m getting kind of tired of the “weird little boxed-in section with balconies” feature that’s been in style since about 2010.

      • Blork 09:37 on 2022-10-31 Permalink

        I was around that area several times this summer and I confess I never even noticed it. I guess it just blends in with all the newish condos in that area.

        Streetview from August 2022, from the Berri ramp going up to Notre-Dame: https://goo.gl/maps/Kd5CnrrRKe6mAdAh7

      • qatzelok 11:25 on 2022-10-31 Permalink

        I find the new complex of building attractive from most angles. But that it doesn’t complement the Chateau Viger in any meaningful way. In fact, the volume of the taller towers have the effect of erasing the beautiful roof of the old hotel.

        If King Charles III had been consulted, there’d have been a lot more neo-historicism – which, in this case, would have been appropriate.

      • CE 11:26 on 2022-10-31 Permalink

        I bike by it fairly often on Berri. I agree that it blends in with the other condos. From the street, it’s difficult to see the white boxy tower.

      • DeWolf 11:27 on 2022-10-31 Permalink

        It’s still under construction so it’s hard to give it a real critique. But it connects with the Notre-Dame viaduct with a grand staircase that has a nice view of the old station. And it will had commercial spaces which is much needed in that particular area, which is entirely residential despite the high density.

        Architecturally, I find it a bit disjointed, but I think that’s partly deliberate so as to have a variety of scales and materials.

        All in all, I think it adds value to Viger Station, which was lost in a sea of parking, and it will create a lively corner in an area that feels like an adjunct to Old Montreal rather than a proper neighbourhood.

      • shawn 12:17 on 2022-10-31 Permalink

        I do agree with the other comments that it seems so predicable. It’s hard to imagine many of these contemporary buildings becoming treasured by future generations. That said, as Chris points out, it adds value to what was a dead space behind the old station.

    • Kate 08:07 on 2022-10-31 Permalink | Reply  

      Shots were fired in a schoolyard in Longue‑Pointe Sunday evenings. No victims have turned up.

      • Kate 07:49 on 2022-10-31 Permalink | Reply  

        As everyone knew would happen, things are slow and tight getting through the tunnel Monday morning.

        TVA has a chopper in the air and La Presse has live coverage.

        La Presse also talks to some commuters.

        The Journal has drawings of the work to be done which give a pretty good visual explanation of the project. Essentially they’re rebuilding the tunnel while keeping it open.

        Paul Journet echoes François Cardinal in telling us politicians have been inept in preparing for the situation.

        • Faiz imam 08:40 on 2022-10-31 Permalink

          Not that bad honestly.

          Just had a meeting with many of our transporters. It’s basically fine right now. Seems to be everyone was sufficiently terrified and volume is way down.

          Now to see how it balances out day to day.

        • walkerp 09:10 on 2022-10-31 Permalink

          Thanks for the insider info, Faiz. Keep us posted and good luck!

        • dhomas 20:47 on 2022-10-31 Permalink

          I live around the 25 South, right between the Beaubien and Sherbrooke exits. I pass by (on the service road) pretty much every weekday, after dropping off my kids at school. Mondays and Fridays have been quieter lately. I chalk that up to people working from home more on Mondays and Fridays (there’s even a name for them: https://metro.co.uk/2021/10/05/theres-a-name-for-people-who-work-tuesday-wednesday-and-thursdays-15369656/). But today was especially calm. I think people avoided it, like Faiz said. We’ll see how it goes when the TWaTs are back tomorrow.

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