Saguenay, Quebec – The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced the opening of a rebuilt four-lane divided stretch of Highway 175, near the northern boundary of the Laurentian Wildlife Reserve, and at the entrance of Saguenay.

The sections, totalling 13 km, add to previously rebuilt four-lane stretches, bringing the total to 46 km.

“The Government of Canada is pleased to be contributing to the twinning of Highway 175,” said Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. “This major investment on an important highway link will contribute to the region’s socio-economic development and improve safety for road users between Quebec City and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.”

By late 2008, over 60 km of four-lane divided highway will be complete. This latest opening is part of the project to rebuild Highways 73/175 between Quebec City and Saguenay, from km 53.4 to km 227. The two governments are each committed to contributing $262.5 million to the first phase of funding for the project.

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