September 2, 2003

Federal government announces more money for Quebec road improvement

Ottawa, Ontario – The Government of Canada has approved the final environmental assessment and has agreed to proceed with the completion of McConnell-Laramée Boulevard in Gatineau, Quebec.

McConnell-Laramée boulevard will stretch 12 kilometres between St-Laurent boulevard in the Hull sector and Highway 148 in the Aylmer sector of Gatineau. The project will include traffic circles and will give access to Highway 50. There will be a recreational path for safe walking, in-line skating and cycling in Gatineau Park. The project, which will complete the remaining three kilometres of the boulevard, is expected to begin in September 2003 and last more than two years.

Funding for the project falls under the Outaouais Road Agreement signed by the governments of Canada and Quebec in 1972. The cost of the project is estimated at $55 million.

As well, the Governments of Canada and Quebec are investing $27.6 million to widen the bridges across the Chaudi

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