The boulevard will have a green corridor with features that give people a closer access to the St. Lawrence River. It will also include dedicated active mobility lanes, which the sector currently lacks.
Active mobility paths
The plan is to create a dedicated path for pedestrians and 4-meter-wide lanes dedicated to cyclists along nearly 2.5 km of the riverfront.
These routes will add to the active mobility network and connect the West Island and South Shore paths to those leading to the Old Port and downtown Montreal.
The bicycle lane and pedestrian pathway will be physically separated for the safety of all users.
Universal accessibility principles will be applied to ensure the area is accessible to everyone.
The plan is to operate the bicycle and pedestrian paths year-round.
Lighting will be added to make the area safe and accessible 24 hours a day.
The added features will include several grassy areas along the green corridor.
These areas will follow the different slopes along the river so that users can get a closer access to the St. Lawrence river.
The existing viaduct will be maintained and will be accessible to cyclists and pedestrians.
The viaduct’s structure could be used for urban art projects.
The landscaping strategy will consist of greening the area with over 80,000 m2 of public green spaces, which will also reduce heat islands.
The landscaped features along the boulevard will include trees and shrubs that are adapted to urban conditions.
Near the river, the vegetation will be more natural and consist of shrubs, herbaceous plants and vines.