March 26 2012

Bypassing Highway Problems in Montreal, Canada: Completion of Autoroute 30

highway network of Greater MontrealGreater Montreal is one of the few large metropolitan areas in North America that do not have effective beltways (or ring-roads) surrounding the metropolitan region.  This situation prevents passing vehicles from bypassing the inner parts of the city.  There were plans to build two partial beltways north of Montreal (Autoroutes 440 and 640), but certain sections were not completed for various reasons and do not provide a complete bypass.  As a result, long-distance freight trucks passing Montreal are forced, at present, to use highways like Autoroute 40 that are perennially congested and not sustainableA solution to this is to build new roads that would make bypassing central Montreal a more viable option.

To that end, two new segments of Autoroute 30 are emerging south of Montreal Island, between Autoroute 20 to the west, and just beyond Autoroute 15 to the east, as an extension of the already-existing Autoroute 30.  (A small segment of Autoroute 30 in between the two new portions was built in 1990 to bypass the Kahnawake Indian Reserve.)  With these two segments completed, Autoroute 30 would provide a bypass for through traffic around Montreal.

The segments are as follows:

  • The eastern segment, 12.2 kilometres (or 7.5 miles) long, was planned and constructed as two sub-segments:
  • One between the Kahnawake bypass highway and Autoroute 15 (completed in 2010);
  • One between Autoroutes 15 and the existing Autoroute 30 (completed in 2011);
  • The western segment, stretching from Autoroute 20 to the Kahnawake bypass highway, is 35 kilometres (or 21.75 miles) long and is to be completed in late 2012.

The highways are under a public-private partnership, in which the Quebec Ministry of Transportation is responsible for much of the project’s design and construction, and the Nouvelle Autoroute 30 private-sector engineering consortium is responsible for the rest of the design and construction as well as all the operation of the highway.  Various federal Canadian ministries (e.g. Transport Canada) are also financial partners in this project.

Are public-private partnerships a viable way to construct and operate a highway system?

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Yosef Robinson

Yosef Robinson, born and raised in Montreal, holds a B.A. in Geography with a Minor in Urban Studies from Rutgers University, as well as a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University. At present, he has finished studying for a Master’s in Environment at Concordia University in Montreal, graduating in June 2012. In that program, he specialized in Environmental Impact Assessments. He is very interested in urban planning and environmental issues, such as transportation, greenspaces, and urban sprawl. As well, he is the co-author of a published article on the growth of Jewish environmental activism in Canada. He is interested in alternate history as an avocation. Yosef Robinson blogged for the GRID until April 2012.

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One Response to “Bypassing Highway Problems in Montreal, Canada: Completion of Autoroute 30”

  1. Russell Imrie Says:

    Am a Kahnawake Mohawk living in US. Can you clarify where the 300 hectares of land returned to Kahnawake came from? (reading article in Gazette) When and from whom it was appropriated. Of course community sats it was always their land but I am interested in the actual transactions.
    Thank you,
    Russ Imrie

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