How will the future Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest function?
The future Rue Sainte-Catherine will offer a new downtown experience. The street will be transformed to adapt to 21st-century urban and commercial realities. Rue Sainte-Catherine will be a destination and experience far beyond a commercial street.
The typical configuration will be rethought to place greater importance on integrated mobility and respond to new consumer habits. In addition to wider sidewalks (an average of 6.5 metres), the City has opted for a configuration that will create a single lane of traffic and eliminate street parking. Open spaces that give pedestrians priority will be created and dotted with interconnected places.
Place McGill, a brand new pedestrian-friendly public place, will extend from McGill University’s Arts Building to the Place Ville-Marie Esplanade. This space with its outstanding urban qualities promises to be one of the grandest public places in North America and the focal point of Montréal’s commercial and tourist experience. With its strong pedestrian links to Old Montréal and Mount Royal, Place McGill will form the hub of three prime visitor destinations.
How will the street be more user-friendly?
Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest will be modernized and offer a unique atmosphere and inviting public places. Consisting of wider sidewalks for greater convenience in all seasons, it will also have the potential to be converted into a pedestrian mall on request. The artery will be bordered by urban furniture specifically designed for Rue Sainte-Catherine and a row of trees will be planted every 9 metres in continuous tree wells to ensure their healthy growth. The future Rue Sainte-Catherine will be made more beautiful, cleaner, greener and, most of all, more appealing. It will be a genial meeting place, peaceful yet full of life, an ideal spot for strolling and making new discoveries in all seasons.
How will the future Rue Sainte-Catherine be a smart street?
Free Wi-Fi and new LED lighting are the main elements that will make Rue Sainte-Catherine a smart street.
Add to these the application of innovative mobility and smart parking solutions. Montréal will increase the number of dynamic parking guidance signs to more efficiently direct drivers in real time to off-street parking. Another element will be the development of tools providing access to an array of information about traffic bottlenecks and snow removal, among other concerns.
What is the scope of the work on Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest?
The work on Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest consists of replacing and upgrading the century-old underground infrastructure (sewers, aqueducts, public utilities) as well as revamping the street (widening the sidewalks, planting trees and installing street lights and furniture, among other endeavours).
Phase 1 of the work on Rue Sainte-Catherine began in January 2018 and covers the area between Rue De Bleury and Rue Mansfield. It will also encompass Square Phillips, Place du Frère-André and the adjacent streets (planned timeline: 2018–2021).
The start of Phase 2 of the work, between Rue Mansfield and Avenue Atwater, is scheduled for 2021. Work on Avenue McGill College, between Rue Cathcart and Rue Sherbrooke, is planned for Phase 3.
How will the City enhance the worksite?
A visual signature specific to the Rue Sainte-Catherine worksite unifies the entire site.
What will the City do to reduce the impact of the work on traffic?
The City hopes to control and minimize as much as possible any irritants to citizens, shop owners and users of the street while the work is carried out. As part of the project planning, experts from the City and Ville-Marie Borough were involved in developing mitigation measures involving work sequencing. The City is committed to ensuring that the work is well coordinated to reduce any impact on traffic and improve the quality of communications with citizens. All the sector’s worksites are also being coordinated.
What does the City intend to do to reassure shop owners?
Montréal is doing everything possible to maintain the vitality of the street during the work. The Service du développement économique has implemented a support plan for the business community as part of the commerce framework of the Plan. The support plan is specifically designed for owners of shops adjacent to the Rue Sainte-Catherine worksite.
The PR@M-Sainte-Catherine Program has two components. The first, which involves the deployment of street entertainment and promotional campaigns, is aimed at supporting commercial activity and maintaining customer traffic. The second consists of grants to renovate commercial buildings.
Will delivery zones be maintained despite the single-lane traffic configuration?
Deliveries will continue during and after work on the street. Staff in charge of relations with neighbourhood residents and shop owners will be in contact with those affected to identify their delivery requirements during the work.
Once the work is completed, the final single-lane configuration will make for fast and efficient deliveries thanks to a sufficiently wide street that will not affect traffic flow.