The majestic Glen Arch that links St-Henri to Westmount up the Falaise Saint Jacques was orginally built as a bridge over a small river. This rare breech in the Falaise marked an important connection from the upper to the lower areas. Originally the site of a native village, after colonisation became the site of the Village des tanneries and the birth of industrial Saint Henri.
The original river is buried under concrete and asphalt, but –engineers beware! –you cannot defeat water!
This week’s flash flood proved this point. The road buckled in many spots, but was repaired very quickly.
(Photo credit: Dannielle Dyson)