Société du Havre de Montréal undertakes final studies for the redevelopment of the Bonaventure Expressway



    MONTREAL, Aug. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Isabelle Hudon, chair of the Board of
Directors of Société du Havre de Montréal, is pleased that the Quebec
government will be contributing $400,000 to the redevelopment of the
Bonaventure Expressway at the gateway of downtown Montréal. The announcement
was made today by Raymond Bachand, Minister of Economic Development,
Innovation and Export, on behalf of Nathalie Normandeau, Deputy Premier and
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, in the company of Montréal Mayor
Gérald Tremblay.
    "As a result of the Société du Havre's decision to follow a strict
planning process, Montréal will ultimately have a state-of-the-art gateway to
the city that will also attract investment in this new link between downtown
and the St. Lawrence River. Thanks to the Quebec government's participation,
we can now step up the pace and complete a vital step before preparing the
plans and specifications to redevelop the section of the Bonaventure
Expressway that leads to the downtown core," said the Board chair of Société
du Havre de Montréal and president and CEO of the Board of Trade of
Metropolitan Montreal, Isabelle Hudon.
    The infrastructure and road works will begin after this pre-project phase
and should be completed in three years, meaning Montréal will have a
prestigious new gateway in 2012.
    "Thanks to our discipline and ambition, we have reached the point where
we can now move ahead to this next key phase before the work begins. This move
also confirms our collective choice to invest $90 million in this major
project rather than spend $60 million to maintain an aging infrastructure,"
added Ms. Hudon.
    It will be recalled that last April, the Société du Havre de Montréal
announced that six feasibility studies all concluded the relevance of
transforming the Bonaventure Expressway into a major urban boulevard at the
gateway of the downtown core. In light of this conclusion, Mayor Gérald
Tremblay immediately launched the crucial pre-project phase, which involved
analyses of construction costs, the demolition of existing structures, the
improvement of public lands, traffic management, and the optimization of
public transit in the Bonaventure corridor.

    The Société du Havre de Montréal was founded in the wake of the Montreal
Summit in 2002 with the financial support of the three levels of government.
Its mandate was to propose the outline of a joint intervention plan, along
with an implementation and financing strategy, for the harbourfront and the
surrounding area. In spring 2004, it presented its Vision 2025 report - a
proposal for the future of the harbourfront that has taken another step
forward today with the unveiling of a realistic plan.




For further information:

For further information: Sylvie Paquette, Coordinator, Media relations,
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, (514) 871-4000, ext. 4015,
sylvie.paquette@ccmm.qc.ca; For more information on the Société du Havre and
the Bonaventure Expressway redevelopment, visit the Société's Web site at
www.havremontreal.qc.ca


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