12/19/2014 11:27 EST | Updated 02/18/2015 05:59 EST

Bonaventure Expressway to be replaced with boulevard, Denis Coderre says

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has announced a stretch of the Bonaventure Expressway will be replaced by an urban boulevard. Construction will begin in 2015. 

Coderre said the expressway will remain open during construction. He said the province and city will work to minimize the impact on traffic flow.

The project should be completed in 2017, in time for Montreal's 375th birthday, he said.