Sherbrooke, Quebec, July 18, 2019-Safe and efficient road networks are key to maintaining economic productivity and a high quality of life for all Quebeckers. The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing in transportation infrastructure throughout the province to improve the flow of people and goods.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and François Bonnardel, Quebec’s Minister of Transport and Minister Responsible for the Estrie Region, today announced the start of construction on the third and final component of Phase II of the Highway 410 extension.
Totalling $32 million, work on Component 3 consists in building nearly 4 km of highway between where Highway 410 currently ends (at the Route 108 interchanges) and the new roundabout on Route 108 (near
Glenday Road). Work on the new divided highway – with two lanes in each direction – will also include the construction of some structures, including bridges and culverts.
Phase II work is being done over a three-year period, from 2018 to 2021, at an estimated cost of $75 million. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $37.2 million to this project through the New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects. The Government of Quebec is providing $37.8 million.
“I am pleased to highlight the start of this important work on Highway 410, which makes up the final step in the extension of this key infrastructure for the Estrie region. This project will not only benefit the regional economy, but will also improve the safety of users and facilitate their travel. We have ambition for our regions and are making investments to equip them with the modern and efficient infrastructure needed to ensure their long-term prosperity.”
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Providing Quebeckers with reliable road infrastructure to serve their communities and facilitate development is at the heart of the Department’s mission, which it is wholly fulfilling with the extension of Highway 410. The start of construction on the third component of the project marks the culmination of a process that began 10 years ago: providing Sherbrooke with an urban connection that allows it not only to connect its two university hubs, but also provides easier access to the commercial centre while improving traffic conditions.”
François Bonnardel, Quebec’s Minister of Transport and Minister Responsible for the Estrie Region
Since work for Component 3 will be carried out off-road, impacts on traffic will be limited.
The extension of Highway 410 is the Quebec Transport Department’s largest project in Estrie in the last 25 years. The extension is being carried out in two phases.
- Phase I, which was gradually implemented from 2010 to 2015;
- Phase II, which is currently underway and for which work began in spring 2018.
Phase II covers a distance of 4.2 km and comprises three construction components.
- The relocation of Route 108 in Lennoxville, between Glenday Road and Spring Road (Component 1);
- The construction of two bridges over the Massawippi River, one in each direction (Component 2);
- The construction of the last portion of the highway (Component 3).
Phase II is expected to be put in service in 2020.
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. More than $10.1 billion of this funding is supporting trade and transportation projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
The Quebec Infrastructure Plan (PQI) will invest $115.4 billion from 2019-2029 to maintain and develop public infrastructure, 15 per cent more than the previous plan.
- Substantial investments are planned for the road network ꟷ more than $ 24.5 billion.
- $9 billion will go towards public transit and a further $4.3 billion has been earmarked for projects that are currently under review and will eventually be prioritized. Another $1.3 billion will be provided for the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) bringing the total investment in public transit to an unprecedented $14.6 billion.