Montreal receives $1 billion boost for Quebec road projects


Quebec road projects – Last year, Montreal was voted to have the worst roads in Quebec in a  public opinion poll conducted by CAA Quebec.  Today, however, road users in Montreal can take a deep breath in anticipation of  good quality and safer roads in months to come. That is because earlier this month, the Quebec government pledged to invest over $1 billion towards improving Montreal’s transport network. The money will go into existing and new projects related to maintenance and improvement of roads, bridges, and tunnels within the island of Montreal. 
Investing in Quality Vehicles 
Speaking about the government’s investment, Chantal Rouleau, the assistant Minister for Transport, is also in charge of Montreal and the Metropolitan Region, noted that our infrastructure needs some love. Even as the government invests in mid-size vehicles, Chantal said there was a need to keep the infrastructure in a good state always. The investments will thus help boost the travel of Quebeckers and ensure the sustenance of the City’s road network. She added that the road network in Montreal isn’t just for public transportation, but it also contributes to the economic and social growth of the region. 
Breakdown of the $1 Billion Funding
The sum is expected to cover three main aspects of road improvement projects, as per the  press release from Transport Ministry Quebec. $971.3 million is for structures that are in a fair condition, $62.9 million is for ensuring an efficient and secure road network and $47.5 million is allocated for repairs on pavements that are in a good state. The work is expected to continue in a span of 3 years.
Expected Beneficiaries 
Some of the infrastructures that are scheduled to undergo major repairs include Ville-Marie, Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine, and Viger tunnels. There will be repairs of bridges along Montreal’s Highway 40 and repaving of the section towards the east, past Anciens-Combattants. The project will also see the overpass at Saint-Pierre junction repaired. 
Following the announcement about the funding,  Quebec’s Minister for Transport – Estrie Region, François Bonnardel, was of the opinion that massive investment in infrastructure will ensure effective, safer and fluid mobility for every Quebecker. As a result, the government is allocating huge sums of money on infrastructure in different regions of Quebec. Besides being essential for smooth travel, investment in roads creates or maintains jobs.  
Essentially, the province is expected to invest in over 10 roadwork projects. These projects are not only in Montreal but also in Laval and the West Island. For instance, there are plans to repair the bridges along Highway 40 and the overpass at St-Regis, at sections located within Montreal, Mont-Royal and Dorval. 

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