HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
historiqueThe Turcot Interchange was officially opened on the 25th of April 1967, by Québec Premier Daniel Johnson, Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau and Federal Public Works Minister James Mecllraith. The enormous ‘ Spaghetti-shaped’ turnpike was admired for it’s functionality and spectacular design :
 
« Motorists will be driving on roadways 60 feet above the Turcot railway yard below to a maximum height of 100 feet at the apex of the structure. Whithin a radius of about a thousand feet, the one-way sections, when placed end-to-end would equal 4.5 miles. The turnpike, a first in North America, required 220,000 cubic yards of concrete and 21,000 tons of steel in it’s construction( Ministère de la Voirie, 1967 ). » The cost, at that time, was $ 24, 000, 000.00 and was shared between the three levels of governement.

Québec engineers were gaining recognition with the Turcot and Manic 5 projects. Today, they are reknowned world-wide. With the ‘ Essentiel Urban Pathways’ project, The Turcot Interchange could once again, 50 years later, be a source of creative inspiration.

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