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Construction begins on final phase of Autoroute 85 redevelopment between Saint-Antonin and Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

SAINT-ANTONIN, QC, Aug. 6, 2019 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing in transportation infrastructure to improve the flow of people and goods.

Rémi Massé, Member of Parliament for Avignon?La Mitis?Matane?Matapédia; Marie-Eve Proulx, Minister for Regional Economic Development and Minister Responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent Region; and Denis Tardif, Member of the National Assembly for Rivière-du-Loup?Témiscouata, highlighted the start of the main construction work on Phase III of the project to redevelop Route 185 into a two-lane divided highway.

The first work site is located in Saint-Antonin and extends over 8.3 kilometres. Three other projects will also start this summer and cover just over 13 kilometres of highway in the municipalities of Saint-Antonin, Saint-Hubert-de-Rivière-du-Loup and Saint-Honoré-de-Témiscouata.

Phase III will complete Autoroute 85, which will connect Autoroute 20 at Notre-Dame-du-Portage to the New Brunswick border. A gradual roll-out of this final section of Autoroute 85 is slated to begin in 2021.

The project cost of Phase III is nearly $942.9 million. The Government of Quebec will cover $553.2 million of the costs and the Government of Canada up to $389.7 .


"I am happy to announce the start of this major work on Autoroute 85, which will significantly improve safety and traffic flow for users. It is another step toward redeveloping Route 185 into an uninterrupted highway link between Quebec and New Brunswick, which will support trade with the Maritime provinces by facilitating the movement of people and goods. We are creating winning conditions to ensure the long-term prosperity of our regions."

Rémi Massé, MP for Avignon?La Mitis?Matane?Matapédia and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"Throughout Quebec, we are investing in transportation infrastructure to improve the mobility of people and goods. With the redevelopment of Route 185 into a major highway, your government is making a tangible contribution to improving the efficiency and safety of your highway network."

François Bonnardel, Quebec's Minister of Transport and Minister Responsible for the Estrie Region

"This project, which has been long awaited in the region, will play a major role in the economic development of our regional businesses. A strong, safe highway network helps create economic agreements that benefit the region."

Marie-Eve Proulx, Minister for Regional Economic Development and Minister Responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent

Quick facts

Associated links

Redevelopment of Route 185 into an autoroute: www.transports.gouv.qc.ca/autoroute85 

Public infrastructure in Quebec : https://www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/PDF/budget_depenses/19-20/fr/8-Infrastructures_publiques_Quebec.pdf

Investing in Canada Plan Project Map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map

Federal infrastructure investments in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html

Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html

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