The government of Canada invests in the Port of Gaspé (Sandy Beach) in Quebec



    GASPE, QC, Aug. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - During his visit to Gaspé, the
Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, gave the go-ahead for a $5.5 M project to rebuild Rue du Quai in
the Port of Gaspé (Sandy Beach). The first steps will involve finalizing the
different preliminary studies required, establishing the road alignment,
surveying, preparing a contaminated material management plan, conducting an
environmental impact assessment and completing the final plans and
specifications.
    "Today's announcement once again demonstrates the government's commitment
to investing in the maintenance of regional federal infrastructure," said
Minister Cannon. "This project will allow the City of Gaspé to develop its
industrial park and help the region embark on an economic upswing thanks to
the use of the adjacent federal port facilities."
    Rue du Quai will be completely rebuilt in compliance with the
environmental standards in effect, while ensuring the safety of users and
clients. Moreover, the work will eventually allow the City of Gaspé to proceed
with its intention to acquire the new road that will aid in its economic
development.
    "This investment brings us one step closer to an agreement with the City
of Gaspé concerning the eventual transfer of Rue du Quai's ownership," added
Minister Cannon.
    Details regarding the project's total value will be announced during the
public call for tenders. Specialized firms will be selected during a rigorous
process to ensure that the different steps are successfully completed. The
project is scheduled to begin this year and the different phases should be
completed by 2013.
    Transport Canada will continue working with the City of Gaspé and the
road's main users to keep disruptions to activities at the commercial wharf
and on the road to a minimum. Currently the property of Transport Canada, Rue
du Quai is 0.8 km long, stretching from Route 132 to the commercial wharf. It
serves the commercial wharf and provides access to the City of Gaspé's
industrial park.




For further information:

For further information: Catherine Loubier, Director of Communications,
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa,
(613) 991-0700; Marie-Anyk Côté, Communications, Transport Canada, Dorval,
(514) 633-2742; Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca. Subscribe to news
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