Road work and the town’s new library dominated the agenda when Lachute council held a special meeting on March 18.

Council approved borrowing more than $1.2 million for three different road improvement projects.

The replacement of the bridge over William Brook on Chemin Thomas-Gore will cost $400,000.

It will cost $500,000 to install a new set of traffic lights at the intersection of Avenue Bethany and Boulevard Cristini.

New pavement, curbs, and storm drains will be installed on Rue Alexandre at a cost of $330,000.

“We don’t have any grants for those works,” said Mayor Carl Péloquin.

He said that all the projects were in the 2019 budget and that the borrowing covers the entire cost of each one.

Library progress

Council approved the contract for supervision of the exterior masonry work on the former United Church that is being converted into the new public library. Péloquin said the supervisory work costs $21,000 in addition to the $700,000 already spent on the masonry work itself.

“We have to do the exterior,” the mayor said about making progress on the library project.

He said the goal is to have the exterior work completed before the Québec construction holiday this summer.

Once the exterior work is finished, it will take approximately eight months to complete the interior work.

Péloquin said the former church will be ready to open as Lachute’s library in approximately a year.