The Suburban, Joel Ceausu, 4 juin 2014
Laval Mayor Marc Demers expressed support for the completion of the long-dormant Highway 19 project
During an information meeting held in Laval by Quebec’s Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE), Demers said the project “is desirable insofar as it respects the concerns of Laval citizens,” adding that the final phase of the long-planned roadway should prioritize public transit.
The completion of the highway would fill the gap of A-19 between Highways 440 in Laval and 640 in Bois des Filion, with rapid bus lanes between Bois des Filion and Laval’s subway stations, making it the only public transit link from the north shore to Laval and its business centres, schools and metros.
Due to the lack of an appropriate roadway, residents of Laval, Terrebonne, Rosemere, Blainville, Lorraine, Bois des Filion and Ste. Anne des Plaines are all affected by heavy traffic with rush hour escalations of 400 percent over eight years, and some 60,000 cars stuck in daily gridlock.