Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

November 26, 2010 12:32 ET

New East-West Road Link Inaugurated in Quebec City

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2010) - Quebec City residents and tourists can get around more easily now in Haute-Saint-Charles thanks to a new east-west road link. The artery, which connects Lepire Street to Valcartier Boulevard, received a joint Canada-Quebec contribution of $4 million under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. This is a project worth $6 million.

The inauguration of this axial highway took place in the presence of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Minister for La Francophonie, Minister responsible of the Quebec City region, Daniel Petit, Member of Parliament for Charlesbourg–Haute-Saint-Charles, Michel Pigeon, Member of the National Assembly for Charlesbourg and Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Quebec City.

"This new east-west link, anticipated for the past 35 years, will improve the quality of life for residents in the Quebec City region by improving driving conditions and road safety. I am proud of the Government of Canada's support for this project, which will benefit the local and regional economy," declared Daniel Petit.

"We are proud to have contributed to the project, which will greatly improve connections between the northern sector of Quebec City and the Valcartier military base, as well as improve access to the Henri IV highway. The longevity of our infrastructure depends on maintaining and upgrading it with a view to sustainable development," said MNA Michel Pigeon.

"In August 2009, we announced that the undertaking of this project was a priority for my team," declared Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Quebec City. "We have kept that promise. Going from the design to the construction of this street in such a short period a time was a technical challenge that was undertaken with success by the City's engineering department. Over the next few days, citizens will finally be able to use this route, thus eliminating the need for a long detour between the east and west ends of the borough," added Mr. Labeaume.

The federal government's $2 million contribution comes from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, whose objective is to stimulate the economy by funding projects to be completed by March 31, 2011. The $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, included in Canada's Economic Action Plan, has provided funding for about 4,000 projects across Canada.

The Quebec government's $2 million contribution under its Plan québécois des infrastructures was topped up in January 2009 and its envelope is now close to $42 billion, which will be used to renew large parts of Quebec's infrastructure over the next five years.

Additional information

For more information on investment in infrastructure, visit www.creatingjobs.gc.ca and www.infrastructures.gouv.qc.ca.

For additional information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, see the website at www.actionplan.gc.ca.

For additional information on the Plan québécois des infrastructures, see the website at www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fr/infrastructure.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Minister of Transport,
    Infrastructure and Communities
    Quebec Region
    Frederik Boisvert
    Director, Policy and Communications
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    Toll-free 1-877-250-7154
    or
    Office of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs,
    President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada,
    Minister for La Francophonie, Minister responsible
    for the Quebec City region
    Jimmy Laforge, Communications Director
    613-851-6856
    or
    Office of the Mayor of Quebec City
    Paul-Christian Nolin
    Press Secretary
    418-641-6434
    or
    Office of the Member of the National Assembly
    for Charlesbourg
    Anne-Marie Mongrain
    Political Attache
    418-644-9240