2018-2020 Roadwork Plan
QUÉBEC CITY, March 14, 2018 – In order to offer road users safe, effective and lasting infrastructure while contributing to regional economic development, the Quebec government will invest $421,980,000 in the Capitale-Nationale region’s road network over the next two years.
Today’s announcement was made by Véronyque Tremblay, Minister for Transport and Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region and Member for Jean-Talon. These investments made by the government and its partners in the Capitale-Nationale region will enable roadwork projects that meet the needs of families and businesses to be carried out.
Ensuring your safety on the roads
This plan involves projects that aim to reduce the risk or severity of road accidents. These can consist of installing traffic lights or street lights, building roundabouts, or making adjustments to take large animals into account, for example. To this end, the construction project to add a merging lane on highway 73 (Laurentienne) north from Bernier St. W. to Boulevard du Lac will facilitate the merging of vehicles as well as improving the safety of this area. The acceleration zone will be lengthened and the radius of the access ramp off of Bernier St. W. will be increased in order to lessen the curve.
Improving our road network
This plan also provides for investments to improve the current road network by renovating intersections, adding turning lanes and straightening curves. One of these projects is the widening and repair of highway 73 (Henri-IV) between highway 440 (Charest) and Chauveau Ave. in Québec City, a strategic artery that hosts over 100,000 vehicles per day. This major roadwork will improve safety and efficiency while also helping to ensure the durability of the infrastructure. Highway 73 is an essential link in the Capitale-Nationale region’s road network.
Maintaining our infrastructure
The government will take tangible steps to maintain the assets that are our infrastructure, such as repairing or replacing bridges and culverts, sealing cracks, and building up road shoulders with gravel. A project to rebuild and reconfigure the highway 40 (Félix-Leclerc) overpasses at Raymond Blvd. and Labelle St. will be implemented in three phases in 2018 and 2019. These structures were originally built in 1968 and 1971 and their deterioration will be rectified by their reconstruction. Additionally, the highway’s median and drainage system will be rebuilt in both directions and the highway 40/Labelle St. on-ramps will be reconfigured.
Providing a more comfortable drive
Other projects will aim to make families more comfortable while travelling, not only through resurfacing work, but also by rebuilding road bases. Many paving projects are planned throughout the Capitale-Nationale region: on route 138 in Baie-Saint-Paul, on highway 40 (Félix-Leclerc) in Neuville, in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures and in Québec City.
Improving quality of life
Several projects in the 2018-2020 plan include this important goal, which can involve anything from building a bypass for urban areas to improving traffic flow. For example, plans are in place to extend the noise barrier along highway 73 (Laurentienne) north between Boulevard de l’Atrium and Jean-Talon Blvd. W. This project will improve the quality of life of those living along this stretch of highway by dampening the noise generated by traffic. This project will be carried out in 2018 and completed in 2019.
Contributing to our collective economic development
The plan includes several initiatives to equip regions to maximize their economic development potential through new highways and strategic roads. A good example of this is the widening of highway 73 south between De la Faune St. and Louis-XIV Boulevard in Québec City. The new lane will improve traffic flow, which will benefit residents, particularly those commuting from the suburbs.
These projects prove that we are working in the best interests of the Capitale-Nationale region’s road users. A safe, efficient and well-maintained road network makes a real difference in families’ quality of life. We also hope that these investments will generate collective wealth in your region and that they will allow local businesses to develop to their full potential.
– Véronyque Tremblay, Minister for Transport
The transport investments announced today express the government’s will to offer residents of the Capitale-Nationale region what they need to succeed here. The projects realized with these investments will make a real difference to our fellow residents’ quality of life. Almost 2,800 workers will work on 135 worksites in order to accomplish this important endeavour. This is a clear signal that our government believes in our region’s potential to help Quebec grow.
– Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region and Member for Jean-Talon
This $421,980,000 investment in the Capitale-Nationale region, of which $80,892,000 comes from government partners, will enable:
- 135 construction sites;
- The creation or continuation of 2,738 jobs.
Number of Ministère des Transports structures in the Capitale-Nationale region on which work will be done:
- Ministère des Transports network 52
- Municipal network 22
The Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité Durable et de l’Électrification des Transports is the leader in managing the highway system and municipal bridges under its purview. It is the largest employer of construction workers in Quebec with over 6,000 employees, more than 60% of whom work in the planning, design and realization of road work under its auspices.
Over the next few months, there will be construction work on many roads in your region. The Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité Durable et de l’Électrification des Transports would like to remind road users to be particularly careful in order to keep construction workers safe.
- Investment details are available on the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité Durable et de l’Électrification des Transports website at www.transports.gouv.qc.ca.