Montrealers’ orange cone fatigue shows no sign of letting up, even now, mere weeks into a slowly re-emerging economy and city, as residents head back into the summer pylon festival.
The city issued an advisory last month to area residents, businesses and institutions about dust and parking restrictions surrounding the Jewish General Hospital, as new bike lanes on Légaré and Lavoie are being installed next week to help connect with the existing bike network between Édouard-Montpetit and Mackenzie.
Parking will be restricted during the work, but Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Borough Mayor Sue Montgomery’s office says not a single parking spot is being removed, confirmed by the city centre, and that the paths will be between parking and traffic lanes.
Local streets fall under borough jurisdiction, but the cost is borne, and work is being done, by the centre city, part of the “Plan Vélo” adopted by Montreal in 2019 that aims to double the city’s biking network.
The Légaré southbound bike lane, bounded by painted white stripes with pictograms and arrows, will be installed on the west side and will not cross the entrance or exit of emergency vehicles serving the hospital.
Despite Montgomery’s legal and political scrap with Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante and former Projet Montréal colleagues over authority of their respective offices, the shared attachment to bike paths remain. “There is a growing demand for more and safer biking infrastructure,” Montgomery told The Suburban.
With part of the path running by the emergency entrance, the JGH acknowledged in a statement the need for paths while expressing concern about traffic. “There is two-way traffic on Legaré. There are also many pedestrians in the area, a number of whom require various services at the JGH.” Asked about the proximity to the hospital entrance, a city statement says the hospital was informed and “the lanes do not cause any changes that could affect hospital operations,” adding that adjustments could be made.
Montgomery’s office says the measure would have been approved by emergency services through the Centre de coordination des mesures d’urgence (CCMU). “Investing in cycling infrastructure is a concrete way to fight climate change and encourage healthy habits” she said. “All forms of transportation need to share the road.”
The work is expected to continue until August 3.
The West Island Regional Health Board (CIUSSS) announced that since last Thursday, July 16th, there are no longer any active COVID 19 cases in the Lakeshore General Hospital.
In a recent interview, “we will be even more prepared for a second wave,” said Dr. Bernard Cyr, director of professional services.
And should the need arise, due to a recent spike in cases in the province with the re-opening of bars and restaurants, the LGH will be even more ready to help anyone diagnosed with the virus since there are currently, as of press time, no active cases of the coronavirus in the West Island Hospital.
The Lakeshore General Hospital has joined the ranks of the Sainte Anne’s Hospital that also has no active cases of COVID 19 following an outbreak in late
May that was quelled rather quickly.The Suburban would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all staff, doctors and nurses who have worked diligently at the LGH, and all West Island health centres, for their diligence and concern for patients, taking on two outbreaks of COVID 19 in the hospital and handling them both, making a trip to the hospital safer for all.