QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 27, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - After the 14,000 reports received during the 2016 edition of CAA-Quebec's Worst Roads campaign, millions of dollars in investments have been announced for these various stretches of thoroughfare, further testifying to the real needs expressed by users. With more than $15 million earmarked for renewal of or repairs to nine of the roads that featured in this year's Top 10, CAA-Quebec notes that the authorities are responding to citizens' concerns.
Only one blemish
"The Worst Roads tool is a way for people to express themselves, to have their voices heard and listened to," says Sophie Gagnon, CAA-Quebec's Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs. "It's very satisfying to note that almost all of the authorities concerned have followed up on the needs expressed. At the end of the day, it's the road users who will be able to appreciate the improvements, and that's exactly what we aim to achieve," she adds.
Paspébiac, in the Gaspé region, is the sole municipality to have remained silent, as concerns work needed on Rue Day, which ranked No. 3 on the list of Quebec's 10 worst roads.
Improved roads, satisfied users
Work has already been done, or is scheduled to be completed by year-end, on nine of the 10 roads on CAA-Quebec's "list of shame." Moreover, in several cases the authorities concerned have pledged to do maintenance and repair work on the roads in question in the years to come. To date, more than $15.6 million has been invested or earmarked by those authorities for various types of work on these roads.
- The project to renew sections of the Route de la Baie-James in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James represents the largest single investment of 2016. A total of $10.3 million, drawn from the Plan Nord fund, has been invested to date.
- The second biggest investment, $2.9 million, was for Chemin Kilmar in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, in 2015.
- A major revitalization project is slated for Boulevard Gouin Est, a lengthy artery in Montreal, to take place over three to five years. The total amount budgeted is not available at this time.
"Every time money is invested in road renewal, it's good news for all users. The work already completed, and that to come, has a positive impact on their travels and even their safety," Ms. Gagnon concludes.
Back in 2017
The Worst Roads tool is a rare forum that Quebec motorists can use to speak out about what matters most to them in terms of road infrastructure maintenance. With that in mind, CAA-Quebec is particularly pleased to announce that the Worst Roads campaign will return in 2017, for a third consecutive year.
CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization, provides all of its members with peace of mind by offering them high-quality automotive, travel, residential and insurance benefits, products and services.
For further information: Annie Gauthier,Communications Advisor and Spokesperson, 514 861-7111, ext. 6260, Cell. : 514 717-4040, [email protected]