Phase IV of the Samuel de Champlain promenade less ambitious than expected

phase-iv-promenade-samuel-champlain(Quebec) Phase IV of the Samuel de Champlain promenade to link the Maizeret area Montmorency Falls will have nothing to do with the popular segment arranged along Champlain Boulevard. Rather than a linear ride eight kilometers along the river, the Commission de la Capitale-Nationale du Québec (CCNQ) speaks rather to provide access to the St. Lawrence through “points of interest”.

His plan will be presented this fall, said last week the president of the CCNQ, Françoise Mercure, alongside the unveiling of a new monument in the Latin America-Park. Very talkative on the outline of the project, Ms. Mercure however reiterates that the primary objective of the Commission and its partners, the City of Québec and the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) is to “give back to the river Quebecers. ”

The trio will, however, be creative, since the outset, the President stressed that “we can not do the same kind of work as those envisaged for phase III [station Foulon]” or those made on phase I. So there will be “different ways to have points of interest” to get to the water, said the president, without specifying which. Gateways or lookouts may however be imagined.

Different designation

We must therefore forget the great visions of 2011 when the Minister Sam Hamad had spoken of a more ambitious project than the current Samuel-De Champlain promenade built on 2.5 kilometers between Quai des Cageux and the coast of the Church, which cost $ 70 million. Everything was considered, moving the Dufferin-Montmorency highway to its transformation into an urban boulevard, through fewer channels.

These options are now excluded. “The life of the highway is far from being achieved,” stresses Françoise Mercure. Information confirmed by the spokesman for the MTQ, Guillaume Paradis. “The Department of Transportation has no plans major redevelopment of the Dufferin-Montmorency highway,” he says.

In this perspective, the scenarios are limited: Phase IV must be set to one side or the other of the motorway. Impossible to know whether the strip of land between it and the river has sufficient width to accommodate such development. On the other side, there is already a bike path, but it is rather far from the water.

The spokesman of CCNQ, Anne-Marie Gauthier, points out that it is often question of “Phase IV Samuel-De Champlain Promenade”, the Commission officials rather designate work under the name ” Coastal sector. ”

“We are not talking of Samuel-De Champlain promenade because it can not be done in the same configuration interventions,” she says, recalling that boulevard Champlain, who had highway gaits, was transformed Urban Boulevard.

A link to the Island of Orleans?

Another possible factor, this segment could reach the structure to replace the bridge of Île d’Orléans, where a bike path could be converted, information that refuse to confirm the MTQ and CCNQ.

But the Prefect of the MRC de l’Île d’Orléans, Jean-Pierre Turcotte, believes this would fall under the senses. “The MTQ has said they would reserve space for cyclists [on the structure that will link the island],” says one who sees a good eye any improvements for bikers.

While Phase III of the Samuel de Champlain promenade has been put on ice by the Liberal government, the next phase is unlikely to emerge soon. “That does not stop us from continuing to make sure you are ready when the project will be on the starting line,” says Françoise Mercure.

The phases of the Samuel de Champlain promenade
Phase I

2.5 km between Quai des Cageux and the coast of Sillery, for $ 70 million

Inaugurated in 2008, this is a legacy of the government of Quebec in the National Capital on the occasion of its 400th anniversary. This “urban park” includes an interpretation circuit and various works of public art.
Phase II: Trail Strikes

3.1 kilometers between the pier and the park Cageux de la Plage-Jacques-Cartier, valued at $ 6 million

The first stretch of footpath, inaugurated in 2012, includes among other seven stairs, two bridges and two lookouts between Park Plage-Jacques-Cartier and the domain of CN Pensioners.
Work on the second section, located between the area of ​​the CN Pensioners and the Quai des Cageux, were inaugurated in the summer of 2014. It plans to install a staircase and add new street furniture and a halt with gazebo.
Phase III: Station Foulon

2.5 km from the coast of Sillery and Gilmour Hill, initially valued at $ 100 million and $ 130 million revised

A and a water mirror bathing pool must be sited at St. Michael’s Cove to remind the old Foulon beach, while the Frontenac dock must regain its former glory. Gazebo stairs must also climb along the coast of Sillery.
To make all this work, it was suggested moving the tracks along the cliff to cross the boulevard Champlain by crossing in front of the Yacht Club. The BAPE has criticized the proposal, referring to the CCNQ the drawing board. Since then, the government has put the project on ice, swearing he was delayed and not shelved.
Phase IV (littoral sector’s redevelopment)

8 km connecting the Maizerets area Montmorency Falls

For now, it is about giving access to the St. Lawrence through “points of interest” without restructuring the Dufferin-Montmorency highway.

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