03/31/2014 12:44 EDT | Updated 05/31/2014 05:59 EDT

Turcot ramp closures cause traffic nightmares for drivers

Some Montreal drivers had a particularly unhappy commute Monday morning as two crucial Turcot Interchange ramps went out of commission.

The ramps from Highway 15 to the Ville-Marie Expressway and Highway 20 West have been closed as of midnight, and it didn’t take long for drivers’ tempers to flare.

“It is backed up from Décarie to the school board, which is at Fielding on Côte-St-Luc Road. Monkland is backed up to Royal, Terrebonne is backed up to Draper,” one frustrated driver told CBC News Monday morning.

In anticipation of the ramp closures, Transports Québec laid out detours requiring drivers to go far out of their ways and loop back around. This morning, the intersection of Décarie Boulevard and Côte-St-Luc Road showed the strain it was under as a result of those detours.

“This intersection can only digest so much traffic, no matter how many police are here, no matter how traffic is controlled… It just can’t take it,” said Rick Leckner of Transports Québec’s mobility committee.

City councillor Lionel Perez said there will be a heavy police presence to help with traffic nonetheless. He also said sewer work planned for Sherbrooke Street was put off for a day to help drivers in Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce get to where they were going.

The ramps will be closed for at least two months.