Parking private blocked by a bench of ice in Montreal

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MONTREAL – residents of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Montreal, have been unable to exit their car to their private parking for up to five days following the removal of snow from a bike path.

A pile full of pieces of ice compact over a foot high and made it impossible to access by car parking buildings located on the rue Saint-Clément street, between Rouen and Ontario. The street is lined mostly by units that do not have private parking.

The obstacle took the form Friday afternoon when the City cleared the bike path built between the parking lots and the street.

“You can’t move, you can’t go in or out. One is blocked. We are prisoners, explained Chantal Lavigueur, a resident of the rue Saint-Clément. It is blocks of ice. Even with a shovel, you can’t remove it. It takes heavy machinery to remove it.”

Stéphane Bilodeau, the owner of a company of joinery on the street, no longer had access to its two parking lots. The latter attempted to cross the ice with his truck and Toyota 4Runner. “I managed to jump over the bench of ice, but now I’ve hooked the bottom, in the hope that it to tear off.”

Chantal Lavigueur has left the job earlier Monday in order to be able to park their car in the street. His spouse, unable to pass over the obstacle with his truck, has been carpooling to get to his place of work.

Many complaints

Chantal Lavigueur explained that it had requested several times to the City of Montreal to clear the entries. “It’s been since Friday that one of the complaints. I phoned on Friday in the City, Saturday, Sunday, Monday morning, Monday evening. I have sent several emails to the mayor.”

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After the “24 Hours” has contacted the borough of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve on Tuesday, the entries have been freed from the ice by late afternoon. “They plowed my parking lot adjacent, but they have not been my tenant”, however, specified Ms. Lavigueur.

According to Jeanne Fournier, communications officer of the borough of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, this is the first winter in which the district conducts snow removal on the bike path on rue Saint-Clément.

“This novelty is coupled to the extreme weather that has befallen the city since the past few weeks, and that complicate the operations that we conduct […]”, she added.