Construction begins on the Highway 5 extension in the Outaouais region



    CHELSEA, QC, Sept. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Mr. Benoît Pelletier,
Minister responsible for the Outaouais Region and MNA for Chapleau, on behalf
of Ms. Julie Boulet, Quebec Minister of Transportation; and Ms. Stéphanie
Vallée, MNA for Gatineau, broke ground to announce the beginning of
construction of the Highway 5 extension in the Outaouais Region.
    "As we announced last November, Canada's New Government keeps its word -
construction of the Highway 5 extension is set to begin," said Minister
Cannon. "Highway 5 is a priority for me and for residents of the Outaouais
Region. Its extension will contribute to economic growth and will foster the
development of tourism in the Outaouais Region."
    "The announcement of the start of construction of the Highway 5 extension
to Chelsea is excellent news for our region and will significantly increase
road safety in this area," said Minister Pelletier. "This project will also
strengthen social and economic links between rural and urban communities,
which are so essential to the growth of the Outaouais."
    "Today's announcement is about more than a road. It represents a means of
improving the quality of life of residents in my riding, and promoting
regional economic development. I am proud of our government's contribution to
this project," said Ms. Vallée.
    Today's ceremony marks the beginning of construction on a 2.5-km segment
in the Municipality of Chelsea from Tulip Valley extending northward.
    The cost of building the 2.5-km segment has been estimated by Transports
Québec at $27 million. The eligible costs for this construction project will
be funded in equal parts by the two levels of government as part of the
Agreement Regarding the Improvement of the Quebec Portion of the Road Network
in the National Capital Region.
    The construction work in the municipality of Chelsea involves building an
interchange, including two overpasses at the end of Highway 5 in Chelsea
(Tulip Valley sector) and a four-lane divided extension of Highway 5 in a
rural area. This work will have no impact on the Gatineau Park area.
    Funding for this segment will help accomplish all the necessary work to
complete construction. Transports Québec has already acquired the grassy
right-of-way to extend Highway 5. Deforestation work is scheduled to begin on
September 9 and construction of the new segment is expected to be complete in
the fall of 2009.

    On November 15, 2006, the governments of Canada and Quebec announced an
investment of $32 million - $27 million for the construction of the new 2.5-km
segment and $5 million for studies and analyses for another 6.5-km segment.
The new segment of Highway 5 will consist of a four-lane divided highway.




For further information:

For further information: Natalie Srafian, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700;
Danny Kingsberry, Communications, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055;
Véronique Milot, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister responsible for the
Outaouais Region and MNA for Chapleau, (819) 246-4558; Georges Lafontaine,
Political Advisor, Office of the MNA for Gatineau, (819) 568-3356; Stéphane
Lauzon, Head of Partner and User Liaison Services, Transports Québec, (819)
772-3107, ext. 259; Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca; Subscribe to
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