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Southern Terminus: A-20 interchange in western Montreal, immediately east of Trudeau (Dorval Airport).

Northern Terminus: A-640 interchange in Broisbriand 

Routing: A-13 starts its trek through the Western suburbs of Montreal at a tight interchange with Autoroute 20 just southeast of Trudeau (Dorval) Airport.  The freeway progresses north through the Airport grounds, interchanging with A-520 at makeshift cloverleaf interchange.  A-13 passes underneath Dorval's major runway approach through a 1km long tunnel, emerging a short distance south of the A-40 interchange.  North of A-40, A-13 crosses Riviere des Prairies into Laval.  Western Laval is still surprisingly rural -- A-13 intersects A-440 (Autoroute Laval) about midway across Ile Jesus.  Past Laval, A-13 crosses Riveiere des Mille Iles into Boisbriand, where the freeway meets and terminates at A-640.

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Pictures on this page are arranged in order from south to north.  A-13 North photos are left-aligned in the last column, while A-13 South photos are right-aligned.  Center-line pictures are centered within the last column.

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Photo

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South-
Bound

Autoroute 13 meets Autoroute 20 between Sainte-Catherine and La Prairie.  Click here for A-20 images.

Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

View looking southerly as the southbound lanes of A-13 split for A-20 East and A-20 West.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

Southbound diagram sign approaching the southern terminus of Highway 13.  Autoroute Chomedy (Highway 13) ends at a very, very tight, quasi-trumpet interchange with A-20.  The interchange is as tight as it is because Autoroute 20 is sandwiched between the CN and CP Railways, and the community of Lachine.


Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/23/2009

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

Northbound advanced signage at the ramp to Rue Hickmore.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

View looking southerly as the on-ramp from the Rue Hickmore interchange joins A-13 south.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

Overhead sign for Rue Louis A. Amos, and Rue Hickmore.  This is the last southbound interchange along Autoroute Chomedy before the highway terminates at Autoroute 20.


Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/23/2009

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

Northbound advanced signage for the ramp to A-520 East.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

Signage at the ramp to A-520 East.  A-13 meets A-520 at an elongated cloverleaf.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

Southbound loop ramp for traffic bound to Autoroute 520-East.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

Northbound advanced signage for A-520 West just before the A-520 overpass.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

Advanced signage for the ramp to A-520 East.  The pictured structure carries A-520 overtop of A-13.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

Northbound signage for the elongated loop ramp to A-520.  The tunnel underneath the airport lands of Pierre Elliot Trudeau (Dorval) Airport is visible ahead.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

The ramp to A-520 West departs A-13 south in the tunnel through Trudeau Airport.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

One kilometre advanced signage for Autoroute 40.  Autoroute 40 is the north shore of Quebec's principal east-west autoroute, and is the Trans-Canada Highway through Western Montreal.

 

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 12/7/2008

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

Southerly view from the Boul. de la Côté-Vertu overpass as Autoroute 13 approaches Pierre Elliot Trudeau (Dorval) Airport.  A-13 enters a fairly lengthy tunnel through the airport grounds.  Oddly, A-13 never passes directly underneath any runways or taxiways through this tunnel.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

 Northerly view from the  Boul. de la Côté-Vertu overpass towards the Autoroute 40 interchange.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

Southbound advanced signage for A-520 West.  One of the things that always strikes me, as I come from Ontario, is just how many Autoroute freeways there are in Quebec.  MTQ (The Quebec Ministry of Transportation) has long favoured numerous narrow freeways traversing the environment, contrary to a few large ones, such as the ones that MTO (Ontario's Ministry of Transportation) builds.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/23/2009

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

Advanced signage just prior to the ramp to Autoroute 40.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 12/7/2008

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

Overhead guide signage at the northbound ramp to A-40.  Autoroute Chomedy meets A-40 at a rather elegant cloverstack interchange.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 12/7/2008

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Autoroute 40 is the principal east-west freeway across Montreal Island.  A-40 is also the Trans-Canada Highway.  Click here for A-40-West images, and here for A-40 East images.

Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

Southbound signage at the ramp to Autoroute 40.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/23/2009

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

Southbound advanced signage for Autoroute 40.  White on black lane assignment signs are Quebec's standard approach to illustrate a force off exit lane or a two lane exit sign.

 

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/23/2009

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

Advanced signage for Henri Bourassa Boulevard, overtop of the recently reconstructed Autoroute 13.  As much as I love Ontario Highways, I have to say that Quebec builds a fine concrete highway.  I don't know exactly how MTQ specifies the design of their concrete pavements, however Ontario's MTO could learn something from its smoothness specification.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2009

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

 Overhead guide signage at the Henri Bourassa Boulevard exit.  This short segment of eight lane highway is one of the widest stretches of freeway in all of Quebec.  Numerous freeways in Quebec have frontage roads, and although these lanes seemingly add to the footprint of Quebec's roads, very few highways in Quebec are wider than six lanes.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2009

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

View looking southerly from the Boul. Henri-Bourassa overpass towards the interchange with Autoroute 40.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

 Northerly view from the Boul. Henri-Bourassa overpass towards Laval.  A set of moveable barricades sit closed along the northbound lanes of Autoroute 13 approaching the Louis-Bisson Bridge.  The Louis-Bisson Bridge has reversible lanes providing additional capacity in the peak direction during rush hours.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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Agglomeration de Montreal
Dorval

Evening view as Autoroute 13 approaches the southbound ramp to Henri Bourassa Boulevard.

 

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/23/2009

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M.R.C. de Laval

Advanced signage for the start of the frontage road network in Laval overtop of Rivière Des Prairies.  Notice the moveable "zipper" barrier that has been installed overtop of the river bridge.  The moveable barrier allows MTQ to add an additional travel lane to the predominant direction of flow during peak travel times.  An extra southbound lane is added to ease traffic for the weekday morning commute, while a northbound lane is added to ease congestion during the PM peak period.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2009

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M.R.C. de Laval

Overhead sign for the R-148 interchange.  R-148 was the principal highway between Montreal and Hull (Quebec's third most populated region) before the Autoroute era.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2009

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M.R.C. de Laval

 Two southerly views from the Boul. Samson overpass towards the Louis-Bisson Bridge that links the island of Montreal with Laval.

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Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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M.R.C. de Laval

Northbound view from the Boul. Samson overpass.  A new high mast lighting system had just been installed in the central median of the freeway before this photo was taken.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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M.R.C. de Laval

Southbound view from the Boul. Notre-Dame overpass.  There is a large shopping complex along the southbound service road.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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M.R.C. de Laval

Northerly view towards Highway 148 from the Boul. Notre-Dame overpass.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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M.R.C. de Laval

Northbound advanced signage for the ramp to Autoroute Laval (A-440).  I don't know why MTQ would do this, but notice that the diagram sign shows only two lanes continuing through the A-440 interchange along A-13.  In reality, all three through lanes continue northerly all the way to A-640.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2009

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M.R.C. de Laval

Pull-through signage at the ramp to Autoroute Laval.  Again notice that only two lanes are indicated as continuing through the A-440 interchange -- there are in fact three continuous northbound lanes.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2009

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Autoroute Laval begins at A-13 and continues easterly through Laval until it terminates at A-25 near Terrebonne.  Click here for A-440 images.

M.R.C. de Laval

Southbound view at the ramp from mainline A-13 to A-440.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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M.R.C. de Laval

Advanced signage for the ramp to A-440 and R-148.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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M.R.C. de Laval

 This signage stands over the northbound service lanes of Autoroute 13 at the Boul. Ste-Rose interchange.  Blue signs were used to delineated toll highways in Quebec.  Autoroute 13 was tolled from its construction in 1975 until the tolls were lifted in the 1980s.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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M.R.C. de Laval

Two southerly views from the Boul. Ste-Rose overpass.  Note the interesting pier design for the Boul. Dagenais structure.

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Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/6/2012

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M.R.C. de Laval

Two views looking towards the north from the Boul. Ste-Rose overpass.  North of Boul. Ste-Rose, Autoroute 13 passes overtop of Rivière des Mille Îles which separates the Island of Laval from the north mainland.

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Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/6/2012

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M.R.C. de Laval

Southerly view approaching the first southbound exit to Laval's service road network.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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M.R.C. de Therese De Blainville

Broisbriand

 Advanced sign for the Route 344 interchange.  R-344 is the second most northerly interchange along A-13.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/6/2012

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M.R.C. de Therese De Blainville

Broisbriand

Signage at the northbound off-ramp to Route 344.  Autoroute 13 ends at Autoroute 640 ahead.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/6/2012

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M.R.C. de Therese De Blainville

Broisbriand

 Southerly view along Autoroute 13 from the Route 344 overpass.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/6/2012

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M.R.C. de Therese De Blainville

Broisbriand

 View looking northerly towards the northern terminus of A-13 at A-440.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/6/2012

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M.R.C. de Therese De Blainville

Broisbriand

Southerly view at the exit to Route 344.  Autoroute 13 is known as the Chomedy Autoroute.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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M.R.C. de Therese De Blainville

Broisbriand

 Northbound diagram signage for the Autoroute 640 interchange.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/5/2012

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A-13 ends at A-640 in Broisbriand.  A-640 runs along the north shore of Rivière des Milles Îles from Oka to Charlemagne.  Click here for A-640 images.


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