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Riverside Drive project description

Estimated at more than $60 million, this project will be spread over many years, with work taking place between mid-May and the end of October.

Maquette de la réfection de la rue Riverside

This major rehabilitation project will be funded in part by a $21.9 million grant from the Quebec government’s Programme d’infrastructures Québec-Municipalités. 

Project implementation

In 2011, the City drew up plans and specifications for the project, in collaboration with the engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.

During this stage, the City held two information sessions with citizens:   

  • On June 21, to hear citizens’ views on the project and obtain their comments and suggestions before drawing up the plans and specifications. » Click here to consult the presentation (in French)
  • On December 14, to present the plans and specifications (in French) : part 1; part 2; part 3

Project phases

  • Phase 1 – 2012: Section of Riverside Drive between Hickson and Mercille avenues.
  • Phase 2 – 2013: Section of Riverside Drive between Mercille Avenue and Tiffin Road
  • Phase 3 – 2014: Edison and D’Anjou avenues
  • Phase 4 – 2016: Section of Riverside Drive between de Bretagne et Anjou
  • Phase 5 - 2017: Section of Riverside between Anjou and the limit of Brossard, and of Rhône Avenue
  • Phase 6 - 2019: Section of Riverside between Hickson and Alexandra avenues
  • Phase 7 - 2020: Section of Riverside between Alexandra and de Bretagne

Why is work being done at both ends of Riverside before doing the middle portion?
The work on Riverside Drive between Hickson Avenue and the Golf Club, and on Hickson itself, will follow in the next few years. The delay in carrying out the middle portion of the roadwork is due to the presence of a 750-mm water main that feeds the Ville de Brossard. This water main cannot be turned off and conflicts with the work required on the middle portions of Riverside. An inspection of the structural condition of the water main was planned for 2014, but due to high costs, it was postponed to the spring of 2016.  

Further to the results of the inspection done, the Ville de Saint-Lambert is now involved in discussions with the Agglomeration of Longueuil to find a way for this work to be carried out in 2019. 

Project costs

So far, the project costs are:

PhasesAuthorized budgetsActual costsGrants awarded (PIQM)
Phase 1, including professional fees$20,503,949$13,562,411$6,174,153
Professional fees for subsequent phases---$2,030,785$893,545
Phase 2$13,864,327$8,895,657$0
Phase 3$6,812,829$4,817,452$2,189,077
Phase 4$4,047,190$2,637,251$1,160,390
Phase 5$9,652,485$6,639,793$2,921,509

Steps in each phase

In each phase, the work will be carried out according to the following steps:

  • Installation of a temporary water system;
  • Replacement of water and sewer mains and reconstruction of the road foundation;
  • Installation of street lighting on Riverside Drive;
  • Reconstruction of sidewalks and construction of planting holes;
  • Paving (base layer);
  • Installation of paving stones and furniture;
  • Planting.

Specific elements

The work on Riverside Drive will include the following elements:

  • Installation of new sewer pipes and water mains, which will make it possible to separate the sanitary and stormwater sewer systems;
  • Narrowing of the roadway to 8.5 m in order to reduce through traffic arriving from highway 132;
  • Widening of sidewalks to 2 m;
  • Development of a green planting strip, among other elements, to move traffic away from pedestrians;
  • Construction of a 3- to 4-metre wide raised bike path in compliance with current standards;
  • Reconstruction of intersections to resolve a variety of traffic problems (for example, raised areas, addition of new stop signs, roundabout, etc.);
  • Modificaton of the reserved bus lane;
  • Increased number of bus shelters;
  • Upgrading of traffic lights.

Benefits of the project 

 The Riverside project will:

  • Promote sustainable mobility, because a wider bike path and planting strips between the street and the sidewalk will encourage walking and cycling for leisure and commuting purposes.
  • Beautify the streetscape, because the street furniture and the landscaping will enhance the visual aspect of the street.
  • Improve the quality of life of adjacent neighbourhoods, because the speed calming measures will make the Riverside Drive sectors safer and quieter.
  • Correct recurring problems, because it will reduce the risk of municipal sewer backups, which result in flooding in many homes located south of Préville.
  • Reduce a portion of the costs of water treatment, because by separating the stormwater mains from the sewer pipes, rain water will return directly to the river and will not be needlessly treated.
  • Contribute to protecting the environment, because it will limit our impact on the St. Lawrence River.