Traffic safety continues to be among paramount importance for me as the city councillor for District 2.
I am pleased with the changes that have occurred at the back entrance/exit for the City Hall/Library complex. The speed bump and the signs notifying motorists to go around the circle has brought forward the positive results we expected. However, some of my constituents have wisely asked for another speed bump in the parking lot as vehicles approach the turn to make their exit. There is no question too many speeding incidents are occurring. Our Traffic Committee has agreed to look at this at their next meeting.
New bollards at Sir Walter Scott and Kildare Road.
A few years ago I was able to get stop signs installed at the corner of Sir Walter Scott and Kildare Road. As I take my regular walks, I still see too many vehicles making short stops or going right through. Last week we took increased traffic calming measures with the addition of some bollards and signs urging vehicles to slow down. I monitored the corner for the past few days and I am pleased with the results thus far here as well.
These bollards are part of 10 intersections in the city which will have high visibility traffic calming. The intersections include flexible bollards, fexible signs, more pedestrian crossing signs, silhouettes for school and park areas and extra line painting.
Next up will be a new stop sign at the corner of Kildare and Rembrandt for vehicles headed towards Cavendish. We hope this will bring some relief for motorists from Rembrandt during morning and afternoon rush hour having to cope with the traffic from JPPS/Bialik. While I know some residents wanted a stop sign on the other side, our Traffic Committee studied this closely and determined that it would cause serious backups from vehicles turning on to Kildare from Cavendish.
One of the main topic when I knocked on doors last fall during the 2017 municipal election campaign was how to curtail speeding on certain streets.
Working with our newly constituted Traffic Committee, chaired by Councillor David Tordjman and staffed by Engineer Spyro Yotis, there were five specific targets for me in District 2: vehicles making dangerous U-turns at the corner of The Avenue and Park Place; evaluating the speed bumps on Marc Chagall Avenue near Kildare Road; analyzing the problem of vehicles darting out of the rear parking lot exit of the City Hall/Library complex on Sir Walter Scott Avenue; speeding on Rembrandt Avenue; and the logjam of cars at the corner of Kildare Road and Rembrandt during rush hour.
Park Place resident Corey Frenkiel provided some good feedback about vehicles entering the Quartier Cavendish via The Avenue and then making U-turns on his street. These drivers were too lazy to turn into the actual lot. A No U-Turn sign was installed recently and the problem seems to be resolved. We are now concentrating on the crosswalk from the apartment building on The Avenue leading to the Quartier Cavendish entrance next to the café. Some vehicles are driving much too quickly in that section as well. For starters we have installed flower pots to slow them down. Mr. Yotis will continue to monitor the situation to see if any more corrective measures are necessary.
Speed bumps on Marc Chagall.
We placed speed bumps on Marc Chagall last year on a trial basis after many complaints from residents of speeding cars. The situation was exacerbated by the many construction vehicles going back and forth almost daily for the new Equinoxe twin towers condo apartment project. Phase Two has not even commenced yet so we expect work there to last another 18 to 24 months. The speed bumps have been deemed successful, notably by some residents of Les Cours Marc Chagall town houses which are right in front of this new deterrent.
Making the Sir Walter Scott turnaround safer.
With the beautiful reconfiguration of our parking lot at the City Hall/Library complex, the rear exit/entrance was changed. Not only were many vehicles speeding in and out, most were not using the turnaround. We have installed very large signage directing vehicles appropriately and in the last few days, speed bumps. This course of action should eliminate the problem and force motorists to be more prudent.
Our Public Works crew installs new speed bumps at the rear entrance of the City Hall/Library parking lot.
Rembrandt Avenue is home to five high rise condominiums, a park, a town house complex and via the turnaround on Merrimac Road the 127 unit Meadows condo. Many people cross the street to take the laneway to Heywood and Cavendish Boulevard. Rembrandt residents in particular asked me to please push for a speed bump. We never had one there before. It is now in place and I have gone on site to observe.
Finally, for years the corner of Rembrandt and Kildare Road has been a problem; notably for Rembrandt motorists trying to make a left turn on Kildare during rush hour. This problem is most acute during drop off and pickup times for JPPS/Bialik. We have looked into the possibility of installing stop signs, as requested by one resident. For now our Traffic Committee is not recommending this, reasoning that it would create even more problems. At my request we did add stop signs a few years ago at the corner of Sir Walter Scott and Kildare. This was more feasible and had the desired positive effect.
While on the subject of traffic safety, let me share the news that Crossing Guard Norman Klein has resigned. For the last number of years he did an excellent job at the Kildare/Cavendish corner, filling the huge void left following the passing of his predecessor Archie Kwiatt. Our Human Resources Department is seeking a replacement. If anyone knows someone who might be a good fit for this job please let us know. We will maken an official posting.
In recent months I have heard from residents concerned about the safety of their children on Marc Chagall Avenue and Park Place due to cars driving at excessive speeds.
I asked our traffic engineer to carry out speed tests on both streets. The results from Marc Chagall showed that speeding is a problem. The 85th percentile showed 58 km/hr, which is very high. In response to this we have installed temporary speed cushions on this stretch. We will re-evaluate their effectiveness in the fall. Already, we see a clear improvement in cars slowing down. That is good news with classes about to begin at JPPS/Bialik and with more vehicles using the street due to the construction of the new highrise. Thanks to my colleague, Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who as head of our Traffic Committee worked closely with our Traffic Engineer Spyro Yotis to look into the situation.
"It seems to be slowing down most cars," commented Marc Chagall resident Jason Ullmann. "Some still fly over it, but I would still say it's a success."
While no traffic calming was called for on Park Place, it was determined that those cars driving too fast represented people actually residing on the street or visitors. We have therefore decided to follow a route we took a number of years ago on Ilan Ramon Crescent and placed two signs warning vehicles to drive carefully and containing a pictogram of children playing. It has served as an excellent wake up call on Ilan Ramon and I hope it will be the same on Park Place. Thanks to Ralph Rimokh for his work on this file with me,
We have been very lucky over the last number of years to have some wondeful commanders at Police Station 9, which is physically located in District 2 at the corner of Cavendish and Kildare.
With Commander O'Malley.
Commander Jean O’Malley has been at the helm of Station 9 for almost two years now. I had the chance to spend the morning with him as part of my foursome for our annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic on July 6. More recently, I sat down with him in his office to talk more specifically about several issues in the district.
Traffic safety remains a central concern. Commander O’Malley was on our special committee which studied different ways to improve the Cavendish-Kildare intersection. This finally resulted in a new split phase configuration. In short, motorists travelling westbound on Kildare are now able to drive through the intersection at Cavendish while traffic in the opposing direction waits. This allows drivers to turn left (or turn right, or go straight) without opposing traffic. Likewise, motorists coming from the opposite side now have their chance to move through the intersection without interference, soon after. Just as many vehicles as before are able to pass through the intersection. However, the process is less stressful for many. Pedestrians also appreciate the change because they now have fewer vehicles coming from few directions to contend with. While constituents continue to express their appreciation over the change, Commander O’Malley and his staff agree that it has marked a huge improvement.
Just to be clear, there have been no accidents at the corner since the new configuration came into place.
Police Station 9 personnel have been present at intersections like this to warn pedestrians to be careful. “Yes I am very pleased with the changes to Kildare and Cavendish,” said the Commander. “But everyone has to use caution. That means if you determine that the number count does not give you sufficient time to cross then wait for the next one.”
When our crossing guard Archie Kwiatt passed away a few years ago, he was not immediately replaced. I worked diligently with our Public Safety Department to make sure the job was posted. We were lucky to find Norman Klein, who adds an extra degree of security at that corner.
Commander O’Malley’s team will be out in force when school begins at the end of the month. We always pay special attention to JPPS-Bialik at Kildare and Marc Chagall, first to keep the parent motorists in order and also to advise the students to cross the street carefully. With more trucks than usual turning on Marc Chagall, because of the new highrise construction, the police and Public Safety are keeping a closer eye on that corner.
Since I was elected as a member of city council in Côte Saint-Luc 11 years ago, the most frequent concern raised has been related to the Cavendish/Kildare intersection.
While we have a very elaborate project planned for 2018, the city did form an ad hoc committee last fall. In June I held my annual District 2 Round Table and Cavendish/Kildare was the main subject. Staff were on hand to respond to all questions from a standing room only crowd and we promised that phase one of our plan would be in place by the fall.
I am pleased to announce that motorists using the Cavendish/Kildare intersection will find it easier to get through there beginning on November 15, thanks to a new split phase configuration.
In short, motorists travelling westbound on Kildare will be able to drive through the intersection at Cavendish while traffic in the opposing direction waits. This allows drivers to turn left (or turn right, or go straight) without opposing traffic.
Crossing guard Norman Klein plays an important role at the intersection.
To help visualize the change, imagine you are a driver who left the JPPS/Bialik campus and is heading west along Kildare towards the police station. When you approach the traffic light at Cavendish Blvd., you can use the left or middle lane to turn left or the middle lane to go straight. Once we have made the change, the motorists coming from the opposite direction will have a red right, which will allow you to turn left (or to go straight) without having to worry about oncoming traffic.
Likewise, motorists coming from the opposite side will have their chance to move through the intersection without interference, soon after.
Just as many vehicles as before will be able to pass through the intersection. However, the process will be less stressful for many. Pedestrians will also appreciate the change because they will have fewer vehicles coming from few directions to contend with.
I would like to thank staff, Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and particularly Councillor Glenn J. Nashen who really spearheaded this initiative as he does with all traffic matters in the city. This is an excellent first step.
Once the change is made, please let us know what you think about it and if it has helped your driving experience. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to constituent Laurence Paperman for his comments and observations regarding the traffic lights at the intersection of Cavendish and The Avenue. It has been confirmed by Public Works that the car detector is not working properly for left turn towards City Hall. However, it is functioning properly for the left turn towards the mall (Quartier).
Car detectors have the advantage of optimizing the various movements of an intersection. That is, when a particular movement is not required,green time is re-distributed to the other directions and to the pedestrian crossing times.
Our new Urban Development Coordinator Marianne Zalzal will be analyzing the traffic light cycle at the intersection and verify if any improvements can be made. In the interim, we will repair the one that is not working since.
While some people have suggested the implementation an automatic left turn, this Ms. Zalzal correctly points out would delay unnecessarily the other movements, including the pedestrian time. "I have already observed that this intersection has a high volume of pedestrians and they often cross before waiting for the pedestrian light to be activated," she says.
One of the other things we need to do is improve the signage pertaining to the sensors. That would include painting the symbol for vehicle detection on the asphalt surface. Given the time of year and the weather, this will have to wait until the spring.
A very noticeable water valve leak at the corner of Kildare Road and Cavendish Boulevard will be repaired on October 27 and 28. A total of 574 tenants in four buildings will be affected as the water needs to be cut for about 11 hours. This will not be done before 7:30 p.m. and plans call for it to be back by 6 am. Letters detailing the procedure, including a boil water advisory, will be distributed.
Those living in the following apartments will be affected: 5740 Cavendish (Chartwell Le Castel Royale), 5720 and 5740 Rembrandt and 6600 Kildare (The Seasons). Some houses may be affected as well.
Our Urban Development Department has been working diligently on this dossier for the past week. It will ensure the proper signage is posted. As well, Public Security will work on any traffic control we need. Since this is a major cross-section, we need to have a specific signage plan in place.
The following letter went out to residents:
Water service will be temporarily stopped between this Tuesday at 7:30pm until Wednesday morning at 6am at these addresses:
• 6600 Kildare
• 5740 Cavendish
• 5720 Rembrandt
• 5740 Rembrandt
Water service will be temporarily stopped between this Tuesday at 7:30pm until Wednesday until Wednesday at 5pm, at the latest at these addresses: The south side of Kildare between Cavendish and Shalom, and 5740 and 5760 Kellert
When the water returns, we recommend you boil it for 1 minute over next the 48 hours. Or simply use bottled water to drink, brush your teeth, make ice and to prepare and cook food.
For more information, refer to letter we sent to those affected addresses on Friday.
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L'eau sera temporairement coupé ce mardi soir à 19 h jusqu'à 6 h mercredi matin aux adresses suivantes :
• 6600 Kildare
• 5740 Cavendish
• 5720 Rembrandt
• 5740 Rembrandt
Et du mardi soir à 19 h jusqu'à 17h mercredi au plus tard sur la cote sud de Kildare entre Cavendish et Shalom, et 5740 et 5760 Kellert.
Au retour de l’eau, nous vous conseillons de la faire bouillir pour une minute et ce pendant 48 heures ou utilisez de l’eau en bouteille pour boire, vous brosser les dents, faire des glaçons ou préparer et cuisiner tout aliment.
Pour plus d’information, consultez la lettre que vous avez reçue à votre porte vendredi.
I was very proud more than a decade ago to introduce the concept of District meetings. Once a year or more I invite residents of District 2 for a Town Hall style meeting related to issues within the confines of my constituency.
At the most recent June session there was a lot of discussion, as usual, about the busy intersection of Kildare Road and Cavendish Boulevard. Rembrandt Avenue resident Steve Acre spoke specifically about the fence along Kildare. He noted that when a car goes south on Kildare and makes a left on Cavendish, the height of the fence and the presence of vines on it result in obstructive views. In some cases it has been difficult to see if another car is coming from the opposite direction.
Director of Urban Development Charles Senekal was at the meeting as was Mayor Anthony Housefather. In recent weeks work was completed to lower several feet of that fence and cut off the vine. We believe this will indeed improve the situation.
Here is a heads to some residents of Districts 2 and 8.
From Monday, April 13 to Monday, April 20, Mackle Rd. will be narrowed to one lane from Cavendish Blvd. to Marc Chagall Ave. It will become a one-way street during this period, with one-way traffic flowing from Cavendish Blvd. to Marc Chagall Ave.
Mackle Rd. will narrowed because the Agglomeration of Montreal will transform an existing valve chamber to monitor water pressure. The actual work will take place near the front of the Cours Cambridge Court, at the corner Armstrong Ave.
The work will be done by the Agglomeration of Montreal between 7 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday.
Driveway access and on-street parking
There will be no effect on driveway access. Residents will be able to continue to enter and exit their residence as usual. However, on-street parking will be restricted during the work.
The Agglomeration of Montreal says that with a project like this, there should be no loss of water at any point. However, you may notice a slight reduction in water pressure at various points.
For more information
This is an important infrastructure project that will benefit our residents. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Charles de Jean at our Engineering Division at 514-485-6800 ext. 1503 email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.