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Major transformation coming to one of Montreal's busiest streets

Notre-Dame East, an extremely busy Montreal street, is about to get a long-awaited transformation that will connect the city's east end with downtown and beautify the area. 

The city of Montreal announced major plans to redevelop the area earlier today, indicating that the street will eventually be equipped with far more greenery, a pedestrian walkway and bicycle lanes. 

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Renderings show a pedestrian walkway, bike paths, car lanes and transit tracks along Notre-Dame East

As it currently stands, Notre-Dame East is a dishevelled stretch lined with potholes and eyesores. 

Government officials have made numerous promises to bring the busy area into the 21st century, and it seems Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante plans to finally make good on that promise. 

Newly-released renderings for the plan show a street surrounded by greenery, as cars, pedestrians and cyclists utilize all that the street has to offer. 

Though the street currently has four car lanes, they'll have to be reduced in order to make room for other road users.

The redevelopment will also bring more transit service to the east — such as extended bus service — in order to improve accessibility and mobility in the area.

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Plante says she hopes to extend the REM network in the east, though nothing has been solidified as of yet

Renderings show an extension of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) electric train network on Notre-Dame East, though there are currently no solidified plans to expand this transit network.

The plan also promises to improve access to the St. Lawrence River, which currently runs alongside Notre-Dame East but is mostly hidden by factories and other less-than-charming structures. 

While the project will undoubtedly take years to complete (approximately eight to 10), it seems this revitalization project is the real deal. 

Funding to decontaminate the land has already been allocated, according to Plante, and all three levels of government are on board with the project. 

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