Survey conducted among the Saint-Lazare population
Route de la Cité-des-Jeunes: 81% of residents wish to expand the road to 4 lanes
SAINT-LAZARE (Québec), Tuesday, June 7, 2022 -
An online survey conducted between February 8 and February 28, 2022 gave 1,668 people the opportunity to share their opinion on Route de la Cité-des-Jeunes (Route 340). The result was unequivocal: 81% of respondents expressed that they wished for the road to be widened to four lanes. This survey was conducted in response to the growing frustration experienced by users of this stretch of road over the past few years and the upcoming construction of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Hospital.
Respondents believe that current traffic congestion, and future traffic resulting from the construction of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Hospital, will affect the ability of emergency vehicles to circulate and inevitably put people's lives at risk.
“Traffic is already a big issue in this area. Just imagine how it will be with the influx of more than 3,000 new employees, plus all the suppliers, beneficiaries and visitors that will be added to the local network
, stated Saint-Lazare Mayor Geneviève Lachance
. The lack of corridors, additional lanes, and the narrow passageway could delay not only the arrival of patients at the hospital, but also the response of emergency vehicles.
The survey also highlights some of the significant challenges that people are already experiencing. More than 90% of respondents say they experience delays during the morning and evening rush hours. 80% say they are concerned about the arrival of the hospital in the area and nearly 70% of respondents say they use alternative routes to get to their destination because of rush hour congestion. In addition, many users take roads outside the Saint-Lazare territory, such as Saint-Clet, Vaudreuil and Rigaud, in order to avoid traffic.
A consensus was reached concerning Route 340. In July of 2021, the mayors of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC expressed their support for widening the road and this project was included in the area’s development plan.
Like the mayors of the region, Ms. Lachance
is calling for concrete, sustainable and concerted investments to solve the safety issue on this stretch of road. She hopes that the candidates in this fall's election will take a stand.
“We have been telling the Ministère for years. This road is dangerous and its configuration no longer suits the reality of the territory, which has experienced tremendous growth, said Geneviève Lachance. It is high time that we caught up on our the endlessly delayed road infrastructure investments. The arrival of the hospital is the perfect opportunity for the government to widen this vital regional artery to four lanes.
The survey was presented to was presented to various government authorities, including MLA Maryline Picard and Projet Hôpital Vaudreuil-Soulanges. All welcomed the results and recommendations with great interest. The Town of Saint-Lazare intends to continue making the necessary representations to the Quebec government in order to see this project through to the end.
English version coming soon
Enquête sur les habitudes et les comportements des usagers de la route de la Cité‑des‑Jeunes à la hauteur de Saint‑Lazare et de leur perception à l’égard de la fluidité
In French only
Lettre d’appui de la Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Vaudreuil‑Soulanges
le 6 juin 2022
Route Cité-des-Jeunes (morning rush hour)