Canada invests in improving road travel for residents of Montreal metropolitan area

From: Infrastructure Canada

Bois-des-Filion, Quebec, May 13 2019-Safe efficient road networks are key to helping our businesses prosper, supporting economic growth and allowing people to spend less time in traffic and more time with loved ones.

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, along with Ramez Ayoub, Member of Parliament for Thérèse-De Blainville, and Linda Lapointe, Member of Parliament for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, announced an investment of more than $345.4 million for the completion of three road projects: the extension of Highway 19 between Highway 440 and Highway 640, the rehabilitation of Pie-IX Bridge between Montreal and Laval and the construction of a reserved lane on the Pie-IX Bridge.

The extension of Highway 19 between Saint-Martin Boulevard East in Laval and Industriel Boulevard in Bois-des-Filion will create an efficient safe public transit link and improve traffic flow. Among other features, there will be a new roadway with three lanes in each direction-including one lane reserved for buses, carpooling and electric vehicles-four interchanges, a new bridge, a park-and-ride lot and a bus terminal.

The rehabilitation of the Pie-IX Bridge will enhance public and active transit options and improve road safety. The work consists of replacing the current deck with a new reinforced concrete deck six lanes wide-four southbound and two northbound-widening the sidewalk on the west side and creating a new bicycle/pedestrian path on the east side. The third project will create a reserved lane for the Pie-IX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) over a kilometre long on the Pie-IX Bridge that will be connected to the access ramps (north and south) on the Laval side.

“I am thrilled to announce this major investment in Highway 19 and the Pie-IX Bridge, key transportation infrastructure that tens of thousands of people use every day to get to work and school on time and back home safely after a long day. This work will greatly improve traffic flow for everyone, whether they use public transit, drive, cycle or walk. These are the types of projects that build strong inclusive communities and help ensure present and future generations thrive.”

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“I am very pleased that the desire to act is finally being translated into concrete action that will help make this important project a reality. Over the past few years, I have repeatedly taken steps to make the project move forward. In particular, in May 2017, I tabled a petition, containing more than 7,000 signatures, in the House of Commons in support of the completion of Highway 19. Today, I am pleased to be participating in the announcement of the federal government’s investment of $260 million for this project. This is excellent news for the quality of life of my fellow citizens and for our regional economic development.”

Ramez Ayoub, Member of Parliament de Thérèse-De Blainville

“This investment will greatly improve the efficiency of travel on the North Shore. I am very pleased that our government is participating in this project, which will be transformative for our region. I worked very hard to make this project a reality and our efforts are finally rewarded. To all the citizens of Rivière-des-Milles-îles, we’ve heard you and we’re responding.”

Linda Lapointe, Member of Parliament for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles

“We applaud MP Ramez Ayoub for his efforts in representing the wishes of North Shore residents on the completion of the A19. We support any initiative geared towards moving this project forward.”

Gilles Blanchette, Mayor of Bois-des-Filion

Quick facts

  • Through the New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional, the Government of Canada will allocate more than $260.4 million to the project to extend Highway 19 and more than $78.8 million to rehabilitate Pie-IX Bridge.

  • Another federal contribution of more than $6.1 million will go toward the construction of a reserved lane on the Pie-IX Bridge, thanks to the Public Transit Infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan.

  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

  • Of this amount, $28.7 billion is supporting public transit projects, and $10.1 is supporting trade and transportation projects, including a total of $10 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

  • The Quebec government will soon be releasing the details of its investments.

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