Improvements to the Dorval interchange



    MONTREAL, Feb. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Christian Paradis,
Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister responsible for
Quebec, Madame Julie Boulet, Minister of Transport of Quebec and Minister
responsible for the Mauricie region, Monsieur André Lavallée, vice-president
of the Executive Committee, responsible for the transportation plan, urban
planning, heritage and design for the City of Montreal, Mr. James C. Cherry,
president and chief executive officer of Aéroports de Montréal, and Monsieur
Edgar Rouleau, Mayor of Dorval, today announced an investment of $224 million
to carry out the Dorval interchange redevelopment project - including the
Dorval traffic circle and the Highway 20 and 520 interchange.
    These investments will solve the recurring congestion problems in the
Dorval interchange by creating direct links between the airport and highways
20 and 520, and between these two highways. This redevelopment also includes
the northward extension of Dorval Avenue, and the development of safer and
more user-friendly networks for pedestrians and cyclists. Finally, the project
provides for the necessary right of way for implementation of a future railway
shuttle between downtown, the airport and the West Island.

    Realization of a concerted effort

    "This project is an example of what the Government of Canada is doing to
create jobs, boost our economy and improve the quality of life of Quebecers,"
said Minister Paradis. "Once this project is complete, this interchange will
create a quicker route for commuters and help increase tourism in Montreal."
    "The recurring congestion problems faced daily by the users of the road
networks in the airport zone must be resolved. The Dorval interchange is
strategic for the Greater Montreal economy. This is why the Ministère des
Transports du Québec will invest $89 million in its redevelopment and act as
principal contractor," Madame Boulet said.
    Monsieur François Ouimet, Member of the National Assembly for Marquette,
who has been actively involved in the issue since 2003, said he is very happy
and proud of the achievement of this major project. "The redevelopment of the
Dorval interchange will make travel much easier for the sector's residents, by
car, on foot or by bicycle, and will improve public transit services and
access to them."
    "The redevelopment of the Dorval interchange is the result of a joint
planning approach to transportation and land use under our transportation
plan. It enhances the visual quality of the gateway to our city. Several
components of the redevelopment also contribute to the improvement of public
transit service: redevelopment and expansion of the Société de transport de
Montréal's (STM's) Dorval terminal; development of sidewalks and a bicycle
path to improve access to the STM bus terminal, to the Agence métropolitaine
de transport's Dorval commuter train station and to Montreal-Pierre Elliot
Trudeau International Airport; reduction of bus travel times; and, finally,
development of the right of way necessary to establish the railway shuttle
linking the airport and downtown," said Monsieur Lavallée.
    "The creation of direct links with highways 20 and 520 will greatly
improve Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport's customer
service and competitiveness, because quality of access is crucial for the
airport to operate efficiently," said Mr. Cherry. "We are also pleased that
the future rail shuttle will be able to integrate smoothly within the new
Dorval interchange."
    "After 15 years of discussions, I am very happy about the announcement
today confirming the beginning of the redevelopment of the Dorval
interchange," said Monsieur Rouleau. "The increase in traffic and the
disrepair of our infrastructure call for major changes. This is wonderful news
for the citizens of the City of Dorval, who will see the elimination of
traffic congestion and long delays at rush hour. These improvements will
facilitate their mobility, not only by car but also on foot and by bicycle. We
greatly appreciate the participation of the federal and provincial
governments, and of our local partners."
    The realization of this project is the result of a concerted effort by
all partners. Under an agreement between Canada and Quebec, the Government of
Canada's contribution is $55 million and Transports Québec will invest $89
million. Ville de Montréal and Aéroports de Montréal will allocate $40 million
and $20 million respectively to this initiative. In addition, thanks to the
Public Transit Capital Trust 2008 created by the Government of Canada, an
amount of $20 million will be used to carry out the developments to improve
public transit in the Dorval interchange sector.

    Performance of the work

    The redevelopment work on the Dorval interchange will be performed in
five phases. The Ministère des Transports du Québec will soon begin
reconstruction of eight overpasses, including those serving as the direct
links between the airport and Highway 20 to and from downtown. The work will
continue until 2013, when construction of the new interchange should be
complete.




For further information:

For further information: Mary-Ann Dewey-Plante, Press Secretary, Office
of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government
Services and Minister responsible for Quebec, Ottawa, (613) 218-6961; Media
Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Sylvain Leclerc, Press
Secretary, Office of the Minister of Transport of Quebec, (418) 643-6980;
Communications Directorate, Transports Québec, Montreal, (514) 873-5600;
Darren Becker, Press Secretary, Office of the Mayor and the Executive
Committee, City of Montreal, (514) 872-6412; André Lazure, Media Relations,
City of Montreal, (514) 868-1125; Christian Beaulieu, Aéroports de Montréal,
(514) 894-7304; Media line, Aéroports de Montréal, (514) 894-7304; Sébastien
Gauthier, Communications Officer, Cité de Dorval, (514) 633-4323; Transport
Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca. Subscribe to news releases and speeches at
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