, 2022-10-26 15:58:08,
The province is just days away from shutting down half of the six lanes in the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine tunnel for three years, disrupting commuters and businesses who rely on truck deliveries, and the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal says drastic measures are needed in order to “limit the damage.”
“We have to limit access [to the tunnel] during rush hour: Only carpooling, public transit and trucks — no solo cars during these periods,” said the chamber of commerce’s president and CEO, Michel Leblanc, in a tweet addressed directly to Geneviève Guilbault, the province’s new transport minister.
This past summer, the Quebec government realized that the 55-year-old tunnel was in even worse shape than expected and more lanes needed to be blocked off — and for much longer than initially expected.
The three-year lane closures begin on Monday.
The province is urging people who need to travel between Montreal and the South Shore to look for other ways to get around, including public transit.
It has implemented a long list of mitigation measures, which include a reserved lane for buses, taxis and carpooling. Carpooling refers to vehicles that have at least three people inside.
When asked about banning solo drivers from the…
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