The Dalle-Parc is a cyclist and pedestrian overpass that then-Minister of Transport Sam Hamad promised to include within the Turcot project in 2010. Thirty-eight million dollars (of a total budget of 1.54 billion) was allocated to the construction, but in 2017 the project seems to have been put permanently on ice, and the 38 million dollars is unaccounted for.
The ministère du transport du Québec (MTQ) had included the dalle-parc in the environmental and active transport part of the original Turcot project in 2010. These promises seem to have since been forgotten. The pedestrian and bicycle bridge was to span the relocated CN train tracks and Highway 20, creating a new active transportation link between NDG, the Lachine Canal, Ville Émard, and LaSalle.
Such a bridge would do much to improve the quality of life for inner city residents close to Highways 15, 20, and 720. This bridge would link to a path descending the St. Jacques Escarpment near Cavendish Blvd in NDG, cross over the train tracks and Highway 20, go underneath Notre Dame St., and also cross over the Lachine Canal to connect with Irwin Ave in LaSalle.
Turcot interchange pedestrian overpass disappears from plans, angering Montrealers
Global News, March 28, 2017
CBC news interviews Lisa Mintz about the Dalle-Parc
CBC News, Oct. 12, 2016
St. Jacques Escarpment future – Linking NDG to the South-West and beyond
Montreal Times, June 2016
The forgotten Turcot promises… Environmentalists take MTQ to task/
Montreal Times, March 2016
Groups call for bike/pedestrian bridge over Highway 20 and train tracks
Montreal Gazette, 11 février 2016
La Dalle-Parc aurait créé un lien entre le voie ferré CN et l’autoroute 20, créant ainsi un moyen de transport actif reliant Notre-dame-de-grâce, la canal Lachine, Ville Émard et LaSalle.
Un tel pont aurait amélioré la qualité de vie des résidents des cartiers près des autoroutes 15, 20 et 720.
TVA Nouvelles, 21 mars 2017
Lessard veut savoir pourquoi la dalle-jardin a été retirée des plans de Turcot
Radio Canada, 28 novembre 2016
Échangeur Turcot : où est passée la dalle-jardin?
Radio Canada, 21 novembre 2016
World’s Coolest Animal Bridges
Smithsonian Mag, 2012