The Auditor General denounces the poor integration of construction sites in Montreal


Motorists struggling with the proliferation of orange cones in the streets are undoubtedly right to complain about the poor coordination of the work: the auditor general of the City of Montreal (VG) Michael Calipio concludes the same thing. The report denounces the fact that elected municipal officials do not have an overview of construction sites that could have an impact on automobile traffic.

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Isabelle Ducas

“The work in progress does not identify all the projects that will be carried out on the street and on the street and which will have an impact on the public highway”, writes the Auditor General in his report tabled Monday at the municipal council.

This incomplete vision of the projects does not ensure optimal planning and coordination before work on the road network, which can have a negative impact on the movement of users.

Michael Calipo, Auditor General of the City of Montreal in his latest report

Since its creation, for many years, the city of Montreal has been recognized by VG itself as “recognized for the many construction sites that take place on the municipal road network and the many diversions they cause”.

Of course, many of these tasks are necessary to repair, improve or modernize the infrastructure, he continues.

He notes that the city represents 30% of all construction sites in the region, while most of the work is carried out by the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ), urban technology network companies Hydro-Québec, Energir and Bell and private contractors.

It is therefore essential that the municipal authorities have information on the sites of all these partners.

However, the GA concludes that “by implementing project planning and coordination processes, the approach used by the City is not fully effective in anticipating the overhaul of worksites which could affect and reduce its road network. “. Impact on users”.

Support for SMEs and urban forestry

AG in its 2021 report addresses other topics, including the Emergency Assistance Program (PAUPME) for small and medium-sized enterprises and the tree policy.

The PAUPME is a program set up by the Ministry of Economy and Innovation (MEI) to support companies impacted by the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 epidemic.

Investigating the matter, AG found that “19% of credit files reviewed did not meet at least one MEI eligibility project.”

“Furthermore, the concepts that justify financial analysis are geometrically variable, and it is not always possible to accurately capture a company’s risk and support lending,” the report reads.

VG concludes that if such a plan is put in place in the future, the city “will put in place stricter regulations to ensure sound management”.

In Tree Policy, “The portrait of the city’s urban forest is neither complete nor centralized.

Photo by Edward Plant-Fresset, La Presse Archives

The Auditor General of Montreal considers that “the portrait of the city’s urban jungle is neither complete nor centralized”.

In particular, between 2012 and 2020, nearly 100,000 trees were planted, but the net growth of urban forests was only 30,146 public trees, with ash trees and trees of all other species being cut down.

She laments that the existence of common trees is incomplete and their condition is unknown, and that dead trees and the cause of their death have not been documented or monitored.


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