Alexandra Pier and Cruise Terminal
The MPA continued its work in 2016 to restore Alexandra Pier and the cruise terminal. The new, stylish cruise terminal will feature modern, high-calibre installations and infrastructure to meet the operational needs of cruise lines and improve the welcome for the increasing number of cruise passengers who are choosing Montreal as a destination or embarkation port. Moreover, the project will better integrate the Old Port of Montreal site by moving the cruise terminal entrance closer to de la Commune Street and facilitating river access for the public.
The project provides for the establishment of a second terminal to meet increasing demand from the cruise sector, especially during the peak season.
This cruise arrival and departure site will also include a green rooftop terrace and public areas. The creation of a port interpretation centre will also allow Montrealers, tourists and visitors to better understand the importance of port activities.
Work progressed quickly in 2016, to the point that the terminal will be operational for the arrival of the first cruise ship in May 2017 and in time for the City of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations.
Selective demolition of the old cruise terminal and construction of a steel pier were completed in 2016. Reconstruction of the cruise terminal structure began in September 2016 and continued in 2017. Interior works were completed during winter 2016-2017. The modernization and completion of connections to public utilities, finishing work on the pier and landscaping have been completed or will be finalized in 2017. The end of the pier was lowered toward the river to allow smaller international cruise ships to dock and to create an open space that brings the public closer to the water. An observation tower to be built by the end of 2019 will provide cruise passengers with a spectacular view of the city of Montreal and the St. Lawrence River.
The total cost of the project is $78 million. The MPA is investing $43 million in the project, and it thanks its financial partners, the Government of Quebec and the City of Montreal, for their contributions of $20 million and $15 million, respectively.
Among the sustainable development initiatives that the MPA took during the restoration of Alexandra Pier and the cruise terminal were the reuse of crushed concrete and excavated soils as additional backfill. We also recycled steel reinforcing bars (rebar) and asphalt.
The MPA took all necessary measures to mitigate the impact of the project with regard to dust, traffic, noise, etc. It used a dust suppressant on the worksite. A ship served as a visual and sound barrier. Hoarding or temporary board fence was installed to close off the site and, at the same time, explain the project in words and images to passersby.
The MPA carefully managed nighttime lighting to reduce undesirable effects on the surrounding neighbourhoods. Worksite access was controlled in order to reduce the impact on Old Port and City of Montreal summertime activities. Demolition work was carried out during the winter in order to minimize the impact on the neighbouring district. Trucking of material to and from the worksite was done outside of rush hours. The MPA opted for trucks that can hold more volume in order to reduce the number of trips required.