BEACONSFIELD, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 7, 2015) - The City of Beaconsfield will conduct a public opinion survey on noise mitigation measures along the south side of Highway 20 between October 15 and October 30, 2015. The Research Intelligence Group, Léger, has been mandated by the City to prepare and conduct a telephone survey among the population of Beaconsfield.

Last September 3, the mayor Georges Bourelle, MNA and Minister of Native Affairs, Geoffrey Kelley, Councillor Karen Messier and members of the Sound Wall Committee met the Provincial Minister of Transport, Robert Poëti to discuss this issue. The cost-sharing rules of the Ministère normally require municipalities to match provincial funding dollars. However, Quebec has agreed to cover three quarters instead of one half of the project's cost, in light of the gradual transformation of Route 20 into a highway, the increased speed limit, and the growth in vehicular traffic. According to the ministerial proposal, the sound barrier would cost $20.5 million. Beaconsfield residents would be responsible for $5 million, paid by a cost-sharing plan to be defined by the municipality.

"As a council, we have a responsibility to ensure public interest is served and to apply this precept to each of our decisions. For the sake of transparency and respect for all citizens, we will ask the opinion of Beaconsfield residents about the ministerial proposal and costs to the City for construction of a noise barrier along the south side of Highway 20," said Mayor Georges Bourelle.

This survey is a first step in the City's consultation process aimed at better understanding citizens' expectations and opinions and resolving this issue in a matter satisfactory to the majority of Beaconsfield residents.

Contact Information:

Office of the Mayor
514 428-4410