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Rehabilitation of Industriel Boulevard: Innovative Technology for A Long-Lasting Investment

Monday, 19 August, 2019

On Friday, August 2, work began to lay roller-compacted concrete (RCC) to redevelop Industriel Boulevard. This is currently the largest work site and largest investment in the City. A first section from Ford Boulevard to Bombardier Street has been completed southbound. Road users can already drive on the concrete road. 

The Ville de Châteauguay’s decisive, innovative initiative brings significant added value to the project. The use of RCC pavement provides many advantages compared with asphalt. First, its useful life is up to twice as long as that of regular pavement. RCC pavement can withstand repeated and concentrated heavy loads without collapsing, which is essential in an industrial environment. The City decided to cover the RCC with a layer of asphalt for a smoother driving experience.

Research partner

The Ville de Châteauguay is seeking sustainable development solutions to guarantee a healthy environment for future generations. In this light, the City became associated with Laval University in Quebec City to participate in research on insulating material called “cellular glass.” This material is composed of finely ground glass that is heated to make small blocks the size of aggregate. Cellular glass is an insulating material used for various applications. In the case of Industriel Boulevard, a portion of it will be insulated with cellular glass over a length of 20 metres and across its entire width. Laval University will install probes to measure the depth of freezing and its impact on the road structure. The study’s conclusion could encourage our governments to establish the selective collection of glass to avoid contamination and obtain 100% recyclable glass.

The project

The long-term redevelopment of the boulevard began on May 26 and will end on November 15, 2019. The work will continue after the winter and start again in 2020 and continue until September. 

This boulevard, which is the main entrance to the City from Highway 30 in the west and the access road for the companies in the Industrial Park, has been in a deplorable state for a number of years. When the project is completed, Châteauguay will be able to boast that it has one of the most innovative and durable boulevards in the province, which should attract many businesses. “The Council’s political decision will guarantee a welcoming, high-quality boulevard that should last for at least the next 35 years. We are proud of this project and its positive repercussions for our Industrial Park, emphasized Pierre-Paul Routhier, Châteauguay Mayor. 

Last update: 2019-08-20 11:34

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