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Quebec roads and bridges safe: Deputy Transport Minister

MONTREAL, Que. Transports Quebec says the province's roads and overpasses are safe, despite claims to the contrar...

MONTREAL, Que. Transports Quebec says the province’s roads and overpasses are safe, despite claims to the contrary by some engineers in the province.

The proclamation came during a news conference yesterday, two years after the collapse of a Quebec overpass killed several motorists.

Earlier this week, Michel Gagnon, president of the Quebec Association of Engineers, questioned the safety of infrastructure in the province.

“I would say that the situation is worse than before,” the Montreal Gazette quoted him as saying. “You have more regions than before, but you are not in a position to control them. There’s a lot of work still to do.”

Denys Jean, Deputy Transport Minister, downplayed the concerns yesterday, claiming “The risk is reduced to a minimum.” He also pointed out the number of engineers working in Quebec has increased from 327 to 513 between 1993 and 2008.

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