Quebec will confirm on Thursday investments of more than 1.2 billion over the next two years to “improve the condition” of some thirty major road infrastructures in Greater Montreal. In Laval, the government will extend 344 million.
This is what the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility (MTMD) will essentially reveal on Thursday, in its traditional “programming of road investments 2023-2025”, published each year.
In the Montreal region, first, the total budget is close to $1.3 billion, of which more than $1.2 billion will be invested to rehabilitate aging infrastructure, such as the concrete pavement of Autoroute 40 in eastbound, between Morgan and Saint-Charles Boulevards, or the Highway 520 overpass, over Hickmore Street.
For the rest, Quebec will also invest $36.8 million to improve the condition of certain roads, in addition to extending $15.7 million to “follow up” on various recommendations from the coroner’s office.
The Ministry recalls having concluded in 2022 the repair of several overpasses, including those of the 1st Avenue above Highway 20, Boulevard de la Côte-Vertu overlooking Highway 40 and Highway 520 at above 55th Avenue.
To the north, the Laval region will receive precisely $343.8 million, including $139 million “to improve the condition of the roadways”, $51.5 million for infrastructure and $139 million to “follow up”, again , to various recommendations of the Coroner’s Office.
Among the priority projects, we note for example the paving of Highway 13, northbound, between the Louis-Bisson and Vachon bridges, or the construction of an overhead ramp in the interchange of highways 440 and 15. The paving of Highway 440, between Route 117 and Francis-Hughes Avenue, is also planned within the next two years.
Note: the construction of Highway 19, between Laval and Bois-des-Filion, whose current project is criticized by the City of Bois-des-Filion – the latter fearing to see its city “cut in two” by the height of the viaduct – is also on the program of road projects between now and 2025.
The MTMD also reiterates that last year it completed the repair and paving of the Gédéon-Ouimet bridge (highway 15), over the Rivière des Mille-Îles, both in Laval and in Boisbriand.
“[This support] will enable us to carry out several expected infrastructure projects, and to reduce the maintenance deficits of our road assets: Laval will come out a winner”, rejoiced the minister responsible for Laval, Christopher Skeete, in a written statement.