Turcot Interchange – Our Stonehenge

There’s a delightful piece in the Montreal Gazette today about the Turcot Interchange. We all know so well that Spaghetti Junction sitting somewhat forlornly above the abandoned Turcot Yards. Others who walk the Turcot Yards see more potential.

Of course their dreams do not necessarily fit with how more practical-minded bureaucrats think it should be handled. Here’s an extract from a recent CBC item:

Guy Richard, who works for the Ministry of Transportation, told Radio-Canada that demolishing and rebuilding the structure of overpasses could take 10 years, but it would be highly beneficial in the long-run. If the interchange is rebuilt, it would be lowered significantly, Richard said. The interchange was built high off the ground to allow boats to pass underneath as they navigated the Lachine Canal, but such height has proven unnecessary.

That’s all very well but height is height. It’s a shame to lose it when you’ve got it. So another group is thinking of adorning the Interchange and creating our own coloured Stonehenge. It could be quite a tourist attraction. .. and it’s all so high because of the Canal. Linking height and canals brings to mind another tourist attraction that draws the crowds. In Scotland they created the Falkirk Wheel, which now replaces 11 locks on the Canal there. Perhaps the Montreal Stonehenge could be yet another tourist attraction.

1 Comment so far

  1. Ken McLaughlin (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

    Thanks for the comments!

    I agree with you that height is height. It may be a classic case of the powers that be not having a clue what they really have. I am sure most of the feedback on Turcot is negative stuff from drivers, and therefore any dramatic change would amplify the illusion of progress. Overall it is a complicated situation with no easy solution, but in trying to please everyone my concern is that they will please no one, making a complex situation worse.

    Ken McLaughlin

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