03/25/2014 01:58 EDT | Updated 05/25/2014 05:59 EDT

Turcot Interchange detours for ramp closures irk NDG mayor

Major work is about to begin on the Turcot Interchange, with several ramps being shut down as of next Monday.

For many commuters, that will mean a five-kilometre detour through the borough of Côte-des-Neiges—​Notre-Dame-de-Grâce from March 31 until June, and that has borough mayor Russell Copeman upset over what he said is a lack of communication.

He said the work on the Turcot Interchange may very well be necessary, but the mitigation measures Transports Québec suggests don’t necessarily make a lot of sense.

“What I find difficult to accept is that we get about 24 hours notice via a press release announcing that in a week that those two interchanges will close and that the suggested detour brings people to the corner of Décarie and Côte-Saint-Luc Road,” Copeman said.

“That intersection is already under tremendous pressure because of the closure of the Ville-Marie on-ramp at St-Jacques, because of upcoming work on Sherbrooke Street,” he continued.

Copeman said he doesn’t understand why Transports Québec didn’t suggest alternate routes to drivers, such as getting downtown by using the Bonaventure Expressway after exiting the Champlain Bridge.