Protests, premiers and parades: prepare for weekend traffic in Montreal

Pro-Palestinian demonstrations, a Greek parade and a funeral for Brian Mulroney add to the major road works on the Décarie Expressway that are making it difficult for motorists this weekend.

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Montreal-area motorists will need to use more patience and forethought than usual this weekend as at least four major events, ranging from a funeral to major road work, will cause detours in the Far West, Downtown and the Parc-Extension areas of the city.

The first major disruption will begin at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, as work to replace a section of the Rue de la Savane overpass and install a new pedestrian overpass at the Royalmount development will require closing the Décarie Expressway in the direction south throughout the weekend and northbound overnight. .

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Southbound, the closure is from Highway 40 to the entrance on Jean-Talon Street, from 11:59 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday. The Savane St. overpass will also be closed during this time. In the northbound direction, the entire highway between the Turcot and Décarie junctions will be closed from 00:00 to 06:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Some ramps will close at 10:00 p.m.

Décarie Boulevard. It will also be closed overnight in both directions between Savane St./Royalmount Ave. and Côte-de-Liesse Rd. — northbound from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and 10 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. on Sunday, and southbound from 10 pm on Friday to 7 am on Saturday and from 11 pm on Saturday to 7 am on Sunday.

The nighttime closures are due to the installation of the pedestrian overpass linking the Savane metro station with Carbonleo’s Royalmount development on the other side of the highway.

The entrance to Highway 40 East from Highway 520 and the exit to Highway 520 West from Highway 40 West will also be closed this weekend, between 10 pm Friday and 5 am Monday. Detours will be marked, but the Department of Transportation urges drivers to avoid the area if possible.

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Meanwhile, access to some streets and parking in Montreal’s Ville-Marie district will be restricted from Thursday to Saturday as mourners pay their respects for former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Starting Thursday, Mulroney will be laid to rest at St. Patrick’s Basilica in Montreal. Public tours are scheduled from noon to 6 pm on Thursday and from 10 am to 6 pm on Friday.

Parking will be restricted on several streets surrounding the basilica. In anticipation of Mulroney’s funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at Notre-Dame Basilica, Canadian Heritage this week issued a statement warning motorists that access to the following streets will be restricted Saturday morning between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 am: René- Blvd. Levesque. of Beaver Hall Hill and Jeanne-Mance St.; From Bleury St. from René-Levesque Blvd. W. to St-Antoine St. W.; St-Pierre St. from St-Antoine St. W. and Notre-Dame St.

Also on Saturday, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., there will be no vehicle access within the following city blocks: St-Antoine St. W. to the north; Blvd. St-Laurent. to the east; St-Paul St. W. to the south; St-Pierre St. to the east. Local traffic and parking will be authorized for residents west of St-François-Xavier St.

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Meanwhile, at around the same time on Saturday and just minutes from the funeral in Old Montreal, participants in a pro-Palestinian rally are expected to begin demonstrating in Dominion Square between Peel and Metcalfe streets. center.

Organized by the Quebec URGENCE Palestine Coalition, the event is supported by several groups, including the FTQ Montréal métropolitain regional council; the Fédération nationale des enseignantes et des enseignants du Québec and the Ligue des droits et libertés. The event is scheduled to start at 2pm and motorists are advised to avoid the city center once it begins.

If some motorists hope to postpone their visit to the center until Sunday due to traffic, they should understand that the situation will not improve that day. A second pro-Palestinian march announced by Montreal4Palestine called “Montreal Flood for Gaza” is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in front of Prime Minister François Legault’s Montreal office at 770 Sherbrooke St. W.

That protest will take place around the same time as the Greek Independence Day parade will take place on Jean-Talon Street at 1 pm in Parc-Extension. An always popular event this year, the parade, which will run along Jean-Talon between Hutchison and Birnam streets, is expected to draw larger crowds than usual due to the scheduled presence of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis .

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