STREET VIEWS: The story behind Avenue Watt

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Avenue Watt runs the length of Colbert industrial Park from Autoroute Robert-Bourassa (autoroute 740) to Rue Blaise-Pascal, parallel to Boulevard Charest (autoroute 40) and Boulevard du Versant-Nord.

Avenue Watt is named in honour of Scottish engineer James Watt (1736-1819). In 1763, James Watt was working as instrument maker at the University of Glasgow when he was assigned the job of repairing a Newcomen steam engine and noted how inefficient it was. In 1765, Watt conceived the idea of equipping the engine with a separate condensation chamber.