Henri Bourassa Boulevard
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|Former name(s)||rue Kelly, boulevard Paradis|
|Length||29 km (18 mi)|
|West end||Autoroute 40 in Saint-Laurent|
|East end||Sherbrooke Street East in Riviere-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles|
Henri Bourassa Boulevard (French: Boulevard Henri-Bourassa) is a major east-west street located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Situated in northern Montreal Island, it runs parallel to Gouin Boulevard. Spanning 29 kilometres in length, it links the borough of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles in the east to Autoroute 13 in the West Island. It was enlarged in steps beginning in 1954, following expropriations, but also a new segment.
Part of what became the boulevard—two segments between Meilleur Street and Lajeunesse—was originally named Kelly Street by the Irish farmers who lived alongside it,
Further east, the boulevard was built on what was a private right of way owned and operated as a tramway line by the Montreal Park and Island Railway Company, a predecessor of today's STM. Further west, the boulevard was built from Bois Franc Road.
- In summer 2011, Ahuntsic celebrated its 100th anniversary as a part of Montreal, and pictures from the 1930s listed the boulevard as being 'Kelly Street'