Government of Canada agrees to proceed with McConnell-Larame Blvd. project

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OTTAWA, Ont. — Marcel Proulx, MP (Hull-Aylmer) and Parliamentary Secretary to Transport Minister David Collenette, announced that the Government will complete McConnell-Larame Boulevard in Gatineau, Quebec.

“I am pleased that the proposed completion of McConnell-Larame has been given the go-ahead,” said Proulx. “This is an important project for the people of Gatineau. It will greatly improve transportation in the Outaouais, and I am pleased that the federal approvals are now in place for work to begin.”

The decision to proceed with the project comes after the release of an environmental assessment, in accordance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, which concluded the project could proceed.

Transport Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada prepared the environmental assessment in cooperation with the National Capital Commission, which owns the federal lands in Gatineau Park. Environment Canada and Natural
Resources Canada also provided their expertise.

McConnell-Larame boulevard will stretch 12 kilometres between St Laurent boulevard in the Hull sector and Highway 148 in the Aylmer sector of Gatineau.

The project will include traffic circles and will give access to Highway 50.

The project, which will complete the remaining three kilometres of the boulevard, is expected to begin in September 2003 and last more than two years.

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