Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu | Second collision in 48 hours on Route 104

A man and a woman were seriously injured after being hit by a motorist early Saturday morning on Route 104 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. This is the second event to occur in the same area in two days.

According to the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Police Department (SPSJR), the events occurred around 3 a.m., during the night from Friday to Saturday. A motorist hit two pedestrians on Saint-Luc Boulevard (route 104) westbound, very close to Léger Street.

The two victims, believed to be a man and a woman in their twenties, suffered significant injuries and were transported to a hospital in the Montreal area. At the start of Saturday evening, we still did not know their condition.

An investigation was opened and traffic was stopped eastbound on Route 104 to allow authorities to comb through the scene. The motorist was to be met on Saturday, but the local police gave very few details on his involvement.

This is the second collision in 48 hours in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Thursday, on the same route 104, in the Saint-Athanase sector, a motorist left the road around 5 a.m., before being rushed to hospital, where her condition was still considered critical at the latest news. .

Security issues

All this comes at a time when several safety issues have been raised in recent years on Route 104, where many users rub shoulders on a daily basis, which has given rise to accidents. A redevelopment project for the rural section of this axis is also planned in La Prairie, between Highway 30 and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

Quebec plans in particular to “widen the road to four lanes between Autoroute 30 and the limit of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu”, then add traffic lights at four intersections, namely at Chemin de Fontarabie, at Rang Saint-Raphaël, at Chemin Lafrenière and Chemin de la Bataille (North and South).

A multi-purpose path should also be built in both directions over the entire length of the 6 km section, we read on the website of the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility (MTMD).

The call for tenders for the preparation of technical plans and specifications was launched in August 2021. Since then, public consultations have taken place in winter 2022 as well as in spring 2023 on the project. The cost and schedule “will be specified once planning is completed,” indicates the government, without giving further details.

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