The news was long overdue: La Gabelle’s interrive link will reopen to traffic this Friday, October 2 from 4.30 p.m.
Vehicles and quad bikes will once again be able to use the traffic lane, while pedestrians and cyclists will have access to the pedestrian crossing.
However, it should be noted that access to the inter-network link is subject to constraints until November due to work currently being carried out by Hydro-Québec on its installation in operation. Thus, until November, the link will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Monday to Thursday inclusive, as well as on certain Fridays, if necessary. The link will also be open on weekends from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The working committee also decided that the link will be closed for all users from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. at all times.
This reopening is under the sign of a common leitmotif: priority to safety. Several measures in this direction have also been put in place in recent months: safety barriers along the road on both sides of the link, double safety barriers in the center of the road on both sides of the link, marking on the ground for pedestrians and signage added at the roadside on both sides of the link.
In addition, a new asphalt path has been built for cyclists and pedestrians at the exit of the link on the Saint-Étienne-des-Grès side.
“I am very satisfied with the work to secure traffic on the interrives link. I now hope that all users will respect the regulations in order to maintain this privilege, ”underlines Luc Dostaler, mayor of Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel.
“I would like to remind citizens that the use of the Gabelle interrive link is a privilege and not a right and that it is therefore of the utmost importance to remain courteous to other users and to Hydro workers. Quebec ”, adds Robert Landry, mayor of Saint-Étienne-des-Grès.
Other security measures will also be added in the coming weeks. There is talk of a speed bump on the interrives link, the installation of a speed display and the increase in the duration of the barrier opening to allow the passage of more vehicles at the same time. and to decrease the number of vehicles in the queue without increasing the waiting time.
In collaboration with the municipalities of Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel and Saint-Étienne-des-Grès, Hydro-Québec is now broadcasting the status of opening or closing of the interrives link via the carecity application that users can download to their smart phone. A notification will be sent to them when a change occurs.
Remember that the La Gabelle interrives link has been temporarily closed since a vehicle struck a Hydro-Québec employee on July 11, 2018. A few days later, a working committee was set up to find a series of measures to be put in place to increase the security of this link used by more than 1,000 vehicles per day. This committee brought together the municipalities of Saint-Étienne-des-Grès and Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, the Sûreté du Québec, Hydro-Québec as well as the Ministry of Transport.
The announcement of a grant from the Regional Aid and Recovery Fund (FARR) last February confirmed the reopening of La Gabelle.