The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Minimum traffic jams study
Innovative management of public and private construction sites to make downtown Montréal more attractive and accessible

The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal is proud to present Blocage minimum: pour une gestion innovante des chantiers publics et privés afin de rendre le centre-ville de Montréal plus attractif et accessible (minimum traffic jams: Innovative management of public and private construction sites to make downtown Montréal more attractive and accessible). The study proposes various solutions to improve traffic fluidity, which has been impacted for years by the increasing obstacles to public arteries. It was conducted as part of the “I love working downtown” initiative, with the support of the Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et de l’Énergie.

The large number of public and private construction sites in the downtown area is testament to Montréal’s economic vitality and the funds invested in upgrading its infrastructure. However, the accessibility of downtown Montréal has been compromised by the uncoordinated implementation of construction sites of every scale in its road network.

This study is based on consultations with several key players in the construction industry and those working to promote the city.

It highlights innovative practices from around the world and propose ten concrete solutions:

  1. Develop a culture of transparency, accountability and citizen participation.
  2. Rethink the parameters of delivery scheduling.
  3. Implement a dynamic incentive-based pricing system to optimize public space occupancy.
  4. Bring together all stakeholders under one smart entity responsible for planning and coordinating construction sites.
  5. Introduce a micromobility plan as soon as the density of barriers in a given area or traffic zone is low.
  6. Create signage standards tailored to the density of downtown Montréal.
  7. Systematically include efficiency and work quality requirements in calls for tenders.
  8. Promote public acceptance of the principle that downtown modernization requires sacrifice.
  9. Expedite the modernization of the construction sector through the creation of a site dedicated to innovation and productivity improvement.
  10. Make the private sector aware of its responsibility to implement all measures aimed at facilitating the management of construction sites and limiting traffic obstructions in downtown Montréal.

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About the study

Blocage minimum: pour une gestion innovante des chantiers publics et privés afin de rendre le centre-ville de Montréal plus attractif et accessible (minimum traffic jams: Innovative management of public and private construction sites to make downtown Montréal more attractive and accessible) is a study proposing various solutions to improve traffic fluidity, which has been impacted for years by the increasing obstacles to public arteries. It was completed in collaboration with the firm IdéesFX as part of the “I love working downtown” initiative and with the support of the Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et de l’Énergie.


About the "I love working downtown" initiative

“I love working downtown” is an initiative of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal carried out with support from the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation. Its objective is to accelerate the revival of downtown Montréal.Its objective is to accelerate the relaunch of downtown Montréal.


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