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Functional Classification of Municipal Roads

The elaboration of this first five-year plan is based on the model developed by MAMOT to help RCMs and municipalities make strategic plans to upgrade their roads. Over the past several months the Public Works Department has been working on the first step: a functional classification of La Pêche’s municipal roads.

For La Pêche, this classification covers 160 municipal roads totalling 275 km in all. It excludes private roads and provincial roads governed by Ministère des Transports (Autoroute 5, Route 366, Route 105, Chemin Lionel-Beausoleil, and Chemin d'Eardley), since they are not under the Municipality's jurisdiction. The functional classification of municipal roads involves assigning a strategic level to each road based on factors such as traffic volume, number of homes served, and sectoral access. La Pêche’s municipal roads have been divided among four classes. Note that one road may have sections that belong to different classes (see the example of Chemin du lac Bernard, below).

Arterial roads

Arterial roads (or arteries) carry vehicles across multiple sectors of the municipality and generally have high volumes of traffic. The majority of the arterial roads in La Pêche are provincial and therefore outside our jurisdiction. However, a good example of a municipal artery is Chemin Cléo-Fournier. This road crosses multiple sectors, connecting drivers to Route 366 in the south and Chemin du Lac Sinclair to the north. Another example is the combination of Chemin Riverside and Chemin de la Valléede-Wakefield, between the Autoroute 5 and Route 105 junction. This municipal artery is used by thousands every year.

Level 1 collector roads

Level 1 collector roads either connect two arteries or are main roads that feed most or all of a residential sector or urban area into an arterial road. Examples of the first case include Chemin de la Beurrerie, and Chemin des Érables, which connect central Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham to Route 105, at the border between the Low and La Pêche municipalities. Examples of the second case are Chemin du Lac-Sinclair and the southern section of Chemin du Lac Bernard (between Chemin des Érables and Chemin Kalalla).

Level 2 collector roads

Level 2 collectors can either be secondary roads that feed from a residential sector or an urban area toward an arterial or level 1 collector road, or roads that lead to points of interest such as a school, inn, park, or hospital. Examples of the first case are Chemin des Amoureux, Chemin Kalalla, and the northern section of Chemin du Lac Bernard. Examples of the second case are Chemin Sincennes, which leads to Lac La Pêche through National Capital Commission land, or Chemin Burnside, which leads to Wakefield Memorial Hospital and Ski Vorlage.

Local roads

In contrast to arterial and collector roads, local roads are used almost exclusively by residents who live on them. Examples of local roads are those that run through housing developments, like Chemin du Havre, Chemin Labelle, and Chemin Biron, or roads like Murray-Fortin or Burnthill.