Camillien Houde repaved!
The city is repaving the entire Camillien Houde climb up the east side of Mont Royal.
Yes, the entire thing.
They are digging up the old asphalt (it gets recycled), and laying down new pavement from the bottom to the top, the complete width of the road.
It's not quite finished, but it's already much appreciated by cyclists.
A few Camillien Houde facts:
- Camillien Houde was mayor of Montreal four times between 1928 to 1954.
- After his death, Mayor Jean Drapeau named a new road over Mount Royal after Houde, an act many considered ironic, as Houde and many others had long opposed building roads over the city's famous mountain.
- The road that is now known as Camillien Houde was previously only a streetcar route, there was no street and the canyon on top of the climb was a tunnel originally.
- The Camillien Houde climb was in the 1976 Montreal Olympic games.
- More at wikipedia.