GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the
Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Mr.
Sylvain Gaudreault, Quebec Minister of Transport and Minister of
Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, and Mr. Stéphane
Bergeron, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the
Outaouais region, today inaugurated the stretch of Highway 50 situated
between the town of Thurso and the municipality of
Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours (Montebello) in the Outaouais.
This stretch includes four overpasses (montée du Gore, montée
Saint-François, montée Saint-Charles and Saint-Hyacinthe Road), two
bridges (one over the Petite-Nation River and one over the de la Loutre
brook) as well as two interchanges (montée Papineau and Route 321).
"The Government of Canada is proud to have invested in the completion of
Highway 50," said Minister Lebel. "This new highway will make it easier
for Outaouais residents to drive to Montreal, and will contribute to
the economic competitiveness of the region."
The cost of building this 24-kilometre stretch of the highway was $270
million, of which $38 million came from the Government of Canada under
the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) and $232 million came
from the Government of Quebec.
"This project, which has been in the news for more than a decade, has
now become a reality with the opening of the final stretch. The road
connecting the Outaouais region to the Greater Montreal Area is now
complete. The extension of Highway 50 was the centrepiece of economic
development projects for the Outaouais region. It will be a key
determinant of industrial and tourism development in the region and it
will improve safety for road users," said Minister Gaudreault.
"It is undeniable that this project is one of our best transportation
assets in the region. That is why I am pleased to say that today is a
great day for the Outaouais and for the Laurentides," said Minister
Today's ceremony also marks the end of all the work to extend Highway
50, which began in 2000. The project, which cost a total of $800
million, consisted in building a two-lane carriageway 90 kilometres
long connecting the Outaouais region (Masson-Angers sector of Gatineau)
and the Laurentides region (Lachute). By extending the project, it
links the Outaouais region to the Greater Montreal Area.
SOURCE: Government of Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities and
Minister of the Economic Development
Agency of Canada for the Regions of
Senior Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport and
Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and
Office of the Minister of Public Security and
Minister responsible for the Outaouais
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Quebec Department of Transport
819-772-3107, ext. 260