LA PÊCHE, QC, Oct. 20, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Jacques Gourde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, for Official Languages and for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Mr. Robert Poëti, Quebec Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Montréal region, and Ms. Stéphanie Vallée, Quebec Minister of Justice and Minister responsible for the Outaouais region, today officially inaugurated section 2 of Highway 5 in the municipalities of Chelsea and La Pêche, in the Outaouais region.
This second section of the project to extend Highway 5, totalling 6.5 km in length, includes an overpass (Carman Road), four bridges (two on Highway 5 over the Meech Creek and two over the La Pêche River), and two interchanges (Cross Loop Road and route 366/Valley Road). It connects to the section of the highway that bypasses the Wakefield sector in the municipality of La Pêche.
"Our government is proud to invest in the completion of Phase 2 of Highway 5 in the Outaouais region," stated Mr. Gourde. "The extension of Highway 5 will improve the quality of life of residents in the region by reducing traffic on route 105, while increasing highway safety and contributing to economic growth and the development of tourism in the region."
The cost of completing this second section is 125 million dollars and is funded equally by the governments of Canada and Quebec under the Agreement between the Government of Quebec and the National Capital Commission to improve the road system in the Quebec portion of the National Capital Region.
"With the completion of this second section," stated Mr. Poëti, "Highway 5 will become a major artery that ensures a rapid and safe link between the municipalities of the des Collines-de-l'Outaouais RCM and the City of Gatineau. It will be a structural element of the economy in the Outaouais region and in Quebec."
"The extension of Highway 5 represents a major development project in the southern Outaouais region," concluded Ms. Vallée. It is a major accomplishment for the development of the region's economy since this highway will improve access to small- and medium-sized businesses at the des Collines-de-l'Outaouais and Vallée-de-la-Gatineau RCMs and to our many tourist spots and spas. The section 2 will undoubtedly strengthen ties between rural and urban communities in the Outaouais region."
A first 2.5-kilometre section of the extension of Highway 5 (to Meech Creek) was inaugurated in 2009 and that section 3, 1-km in length, is being prepared.
SOURCE: Ministère des Transports
For further information: Sources: Valérie Rodrigue, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Transport and Minister Responsible for the Montréal region, 418-643-6980; Jana Régimbal, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Sylvie Descoeurs, Political Advisor, Office of the Minister of Justice, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women and Minister responsible for the Outaouais region, 819-420-3264; For information: Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055; Karine Sauvé, Communications Advisor, Ministère des transports du Québec, Outaouais Directorate, 819?772?3107, ext. 260