The governments of Canada and Quebec and the city of Gatineau break ground for construction of the Maloney sound barrier

    GATINEAU, QC, Sept. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Mr. Benoît Pelletier,
Minister responsible for the Outaouais Region and MNA for Chapleau on behalf
of Ms. Julie Boulet, Quebec Minister of Transport, and Mr. Marc Bureau, Mayor
of Gatineau, attended the groundbreaking ceremony today for the construction
of the sound barrier along the Maloney exit of Highway 50 in Gatineau.
    "Today's announcement shows once again that Canada's New Government is
delivering the goods in terms of infrastructure," said Minister Cannon. "This
new infrastructure will be greatly beneficial because it will reduce noise
pollution caused by traffic on Highway 50."
    "The construction of the sound barrier along the Maloney exit will
considerably improve the quality of life for the residents of some 200
households in Gatineau's Promenades neighbourhood," said Minister Pelletier.
"This is why I am very pleased to participate in this groundbreaking ceremony
    "This sound barrier is a great victory for the City of Gatineau and for
the residents of this neighbourhood, and I am very happy about it," said
Mr. Bureau. "I should also emphasize that this project would not have been
possible without the cooperation of all three levels of government."
    Funding for the sound barrier, estimated at about $5 million by Transport
Quebec, will be shared by the three levels of government. Transport Canada
will contribute a maximum of $1.5 million, and Transport Quebec and the City
of Gatineau will fund the remaining costs equally under a memorandum of
    The barrier consists of a concrete wall 960 metres in length, with a
height that varies between one and three metres on top of a landscaped bank.
The barrier will be made from precast concrete and porcelain ceramic will be
used for the motifs. According to Transport Quebec, construction of the sound
barrier should be complete in 2008.

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For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700;
Véronique Milot, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister responsible for the
Outaouais Region and MNA for Chapleau, (819) 246-4558; Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Stéphane Lauzon, Head of Partner and
User Liaison Services, Transport Quebec (819) 772-3107, ext. 259; Michel
Déziel, Assistant to the Chief of Staff City of Gatineau, (819) 243-2345, ext.
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