North American Leaders' Summit - Montebello, August 2007 - RESTRICTED ACCESS FOR TRUCKS



    QUEBEC, Aug. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The ministère des Transports du Québec
would like to inform carriers that due to the meeting of North American
leaders being held at the Château Montebello on August 20-21, 2007, local
traffic of heavy vehicles in transit will be interrupted on Road 148 between
the Basses-Laurentides and Outaouais regions.
    The presence of leaders from the United States, Mexico and Canada in
Montebello requires the implementation of major security measures. Thus,
between August 19 and 21, the Sûreté du Québec will establish a security
perimeter of 2.1 km around the Château Montebello. This controlled zone will
thus require the closing of Road 148 to heavy vehicle traffic in both
directions between the municipalities of Papineauville and Fassett. Carriers,
particularly those running between Montréal and Ottawa-Gatineau, will be able
to use the following alternate routes to avoid Road 148:

    
    Heading West:
    -------------

    In Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, Québec, cross the Ottawa River to Hawkesbury,
    Ontario, and from there:

    -   Take County Road 34 and then Highway 417 to Ottawa;
    or
    -   Take County Road 34 and then County Road 17 towards Cumberland,
        Ontario, in order to take the Cumberland-Masson ferry and to continue
        along Road 148 in Québec territory.

    Heading East:
    -------------

    -   From Ottawa, take Highway 417 and then County Road 34 to Hawkesbury,
        Ontario. Cross into Québec territory at Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, and
        take Road 148;
    or
    -   From Masson-Angers, take the ferry to Cumberland, Ontario, and from
        there, take County Road 17 and then County Road 34 to Hawkesbury,
        Ontario. Cross into Québec territory at Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, and
        take Road 148.

    

    Note that, since January 2006, carriers registered with the Commission
des transports du Québec who have maintained a satisfactory record can travel
anywhere in Canada, as long as they are participating in the International
Registration Plan (IRP) and the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA).

    Given the exceptional nature of this event and the level of security
entailed, Ontario Ministry of Transport officials decided to temporarily relax
their requirements for Québec drivers not registered with the IRP and the
IFTA, who must make the required detour.
    This privilege is extended only to vehicles traveling on authorized roads
connecting with Highway 417 and County Road 17 of the Ontario road network,
and is only valid from August 19 to 21, 2007. It should be noted that this
temporary measure does not exempt Québec carriers from their obligation to
conform to Ontario regulations-regarding size and weight, for example.
    More information regarding this temporary closure of Road 148 will be
available in the days leading up to the Summit, on the website of the
ministère des Transports du Québec: www.mtq.gouv.qc.ca.
    The ministère des Transports du Québec and the Sûreté du Québec would
like to thank Québec carriers in advance for their cooperation, which will
ensure the optimal security of this event, while still allowing the flow of
commercial goods.
    -%SU: TRN
    -%RE: 1




For further information:

For further information: Stéphanie Langelier, Ministère des Transports
du Québec, Direction Laval-Mille-Iles, (450) 680-6333, ext. 227; Michel
Marcotte, Ministère des Transports du Québec, Direction de l'Outaouais, (819)
772-3107, ext. 236; Maxime-Pierre Ayotte, Ministère des Transports du Québec,
Direction des communications, (418) 644-1520, ext. 2568; Stéphane Lauzon,
Ministère des Transports du Québec, Direction de l'Outaouais, (819) 772-3107,
ext. 259

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