$217M for Quebec highways

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MONTREAL, Que. — Canada and Quebec will jointly invest $217 million in Quebec’s highway system between 2003 and 2006.

The agreement signed Aug. 29 by Transport Minister David Collenette, and Quebec Transport Minister Yvon Marcoux is part of the $600 million Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program.

"This agreement is an excellent example of cooperation between the Governments of Canada and Quebec," said Collenette. "The federal contribution of $108.5 million shows our commitment to enhancing safety and improving the overall condition of the province’s highways."

"I am pleased that these financial resources, which have been available for some time, can now finally be put to use. They will be used to maintain our assets, improve our strategic highway infrastructure, increase road safety and contribute to the economic development of Quebec," said Marcoux.

In addition to signing the agreement, the ministers announced nine projects in five regions. The projects will increase traffic capacity and enhance motorists’ safety across Quebec. $53 million will be spent on improvements to Route 185, a key part of the Trans-Canada Highway linking Quebec and Atlantic Canada. To reduce congestion, $27.6 million will be invested in the Quebec City area on the Highway 20 bridges. As well, in the Montreal area, another $148.4 million will be invested in Highways 10, 15 and 40. Funding for the projects is conditional on the results of required environmental assessments.
Here is a list of projects to be completed under the plan:

Highway 10
Rehabilitation of the Taschereau interchange, Longueuil$46.4 million

Highway 15
Reconstruction of the highway, Boisbriand$17.5 million
Repairs to the Notre-Dame-de-Grce tunnel, Montreal$8 million

Highway 20
Widening of bridges across the Chaudire River, Lvis$27.6 million

Highway 40
Reconstruction of the roadway, eastbound, Montreal$22.5 million
Reconstruction of the roadway, westbound, Montreal$35 million
Rehabilitation of the Acadie traffic circle, Montreal$19 million

Highway 185
Widening to a four-lane divided highway from Rivire-du-Loup to Saint-Antonin$30 million
Widening to a four-lane divided highway, Dgelis$23 million

TOTAL*$229 million

* This is the total cost of the work to be done over the next three years under the present agreement. Of this amount, $217 million will be shared equally by the Governments of Canada and Quebec, beginning on the day the agreement is signed, pursuant to the conditions on distribution of the federal infrastructure envelope among the provinces. The Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program has set aside $108.5 million for Quebec.

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