QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 28, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Safe efficient road networks are key to maintaining economic productivity and a high quality of life for all Quebeckers. The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing in transportation infrastructure throughout the province to improve the flow of goods and support the growth of the middle class.
The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, and the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region, François Blais, accompanied by the Mayor of Quebec City, Régis Labeaume, today announced funding from the governments of Canada and Quebec to widen Autoroute Henri-IV and refurbish the concrete pavement, mainly between the Charest/Henri-IV and Félix-Leclerc/Henri-IV interchanges.
The Government of Canada is contributing $173.6 million to this project, which is estimated to cost between $400 million and $500 million. The remaining amount will be financed by the Government of Quebec. The federal funding comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component--National and Regional Projects.
When the project is completed, Autoroute Henri-IV will have three lanes in each direction between Autoroute Charest (Hwy 440) and Autoroute Félix-Leclerc (Hwy 40) over two kilometres. A three-lane northbound extension will also be constructed for the one-kilometre portion between Autoroute Félix-Leclerc and Avenue Chauveau to the city limits of L'Ancienne-Lorette. All the road structures will also be refurbished. Once completed, this project will improve mobility in the region while extending the life of Autoroute Henri-IV and reducing long-term maintenance costs.
"We are pleased to announce funding of this magnitude for Autoroute Henri-IV, which is a key piece of transportation infrastructure in the Capitale-Nationale Region. The Government of Canada recognizes how important having modern efficient roads is to promoting economic growth, facilitating the transportation of goods and services, and creating well-paid middle-class jobs."
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, on behalf of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi
"Autoroute Henri-IV is a key link in the transportation network and it is essential to ensure it lasts while improving the efficiency of this strategic network. This major project will accommodate current and future transportation demands for users. We are pleased to be taking the appropriate action to reduce congestion problems."
Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, Laurent Lessard
"During the last election campaign, we committed to improving traffic flow in the Capitale-Nationale Region. Today, the government is taking another step towards bringing this project to fruition. Once completed, it will facilitate mobility in the Greater Quebec City Area."
Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region, François Blais
"The Henri-IV highway is an important traffic route in Quebec City and today's announcement will have an impact on the fluidity of travel, an issue that concerns citizens. The City is actively consulting on sustainable mobility and the work announced today is part of a series of actions aimed at reducing pressure on the road network."
Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Quebec City
- The project to widen Autoroute Henri-IV includes:
- Reconstructing the concrete pavement between Autoroute Charest and Autoroute Félix-Leclerc;
- Work on all road structures;
- Geometric modifications to certain highway junctions to improve safety and flow;
- Construction of a retention basin in the Félix-Leclerc/Henri-IV interchange.
- The next steps of the project include:
- Developing the business case, which will include more detail on aspects such as timing, issues and costs;
- Preparing plans and specifications.
- Work is expected to begin in 2018.
- The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- Canada's Budget 2017 has allocated over $10.1 billion for trade and transportation projects across Canada. This amount includes $5 billion to be made available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- From 2017 to 2019, the Department of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification will invest more than $4.6 billion in Quebec's road network, including $374.1 million in the Capitale-Nationale Region.
- The 2017-2027 Quebec Infrastructure Plan (QIP) provides investments for public infrastructure totalling $91.1 billion, an increase of $2.4 billion compared to the previous QIP. Of this amount, investments totalling nearly $18 billion are planned for the province's road network.
Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada's $180 billion-plus infrastructure plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html
New Building Canada Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html
New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—National and Regional Projects: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nrp-pnr-prog-eng.html
For more information regarding Quebec's governmental priorities regarding public infrastructure, consult the Quebec Infrastructure Plan at the following address: https://www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/PDF/budget_depenses/17-18/infrastructuresPubliquesQuebec.pdf
Road projects of the Department of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification in the Capitale-Nationale Region: https://www.transports.gouv.qc.ca/fr/projets-infrastructures/projets/reseau-routier/projets-routiers/Pages/projets-routiers.aspx
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Contacts: Mathieu Gaudreault, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, Office of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Tel.: 418-643-6980; Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Tel.: 613-219-0149; Simon Laboissonnière, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region, Tel.: 418-643-4810; For information: Media Relations, Communications Branch, Department of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, Tel.: 418-644-4444, Montreal: 514-873-5600, Toll free: 1-866-341-5724; Infrastructure Canada:Tel.: 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: email@example.com