Municipality of Saint-Martin receives $110,550 in federal funding to build a multipurpose overpass across the Chaudière River



    SAINT-MARTIN, QC, Feb. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Acting on behalf of the
Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, the
Honourable Maxime Bernier, Member of Parliament for Beauce, today announced
the awarding of $110,550 in non-repayable funding to the Municipality of
Saint-Martin for the construction of an overpass across the Chaudière River.
More than a mere structure, this overpass will serve as an economic
development tool that will enable snowmobilers, many of them from the United
States, to link up with a major stretch of trail recently laid out to
consolidate the winter tourism offering in the Chaudière-Appalaches region.
    This narrow bridge will ensure that snowmobilers are able to cross the
river throughout the entire winter in order to gain access to the region's
other recreational trails, whereas at present, passage is only possible during
four of the sixteen weeks of the winter season. For the remainder of the year,
the overpass will be able to serve the needs of all-terrain vehicles (ATV)
riders and cyclists. The resulting increase in the number of local and foreign
visitors to the Regional County Municipalities (RCMs) of Appalaches and du
Granit is also sure to generate additional economic spinoffs, which are
already on the rise.
    "Winter tourism accounts for hundreds of jobs in Chaudière-Appalaches and
is one of the driving forces of the regional economy. That is why Canada
Economic Development is proud to be part of this effort to improve the
region's accommodation capacity. The financial assistance we are granting will
serve to build an overpass that will not only make it easier and safer to
cross the Chaudière River, but that also promises to enhance the region's
reputation among snowmobilers," stated Maxime Bernier.
    This funding to the Municipality of Saint-Martin has been awarded through
the Community Diversification program's Major Economic and Tourism Facilities
initiative, the goal of which is to help regions and communities experiencing
slow economic growth equip themselves with facilities while generating short-
and medium-term economic spinoffs.




For further information:

For further information: François Bélisle, Communications, Canada
Economic Development, 1-800-567-6451, ext. 235,
francois.belisle@dec-ced.gc.ca; Eric Lefebvre, Senior Assistant,
Communications Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Canada Economic
Development, Cell.: (613) 608-7906, eric.lefebvre@dec-ced.gc.ca; Canada
Economic Development is online at www.dec-ced.gc.ca. Subscribe to the Agency's
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