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Province announces construction projects in five Valley municipalities 

The Quebec government will be investing $994,586,000 into improving the Montérégie region’s road and marine transportation networks over the next two years. The deputy premier and minister of transport and sustainable mobility, Geneviève Guilbault, made the spending announcement during a press conference on April 4.

Almost 840 construction projects are included in the government’s 2023-2025 investment plan for the region, including initiatives to improve road surfaces, the condition of structures, safety improvements in line with coroners’ recommendations, projects involving waterways, and work to maintain structures and culverts on abandoned railroad lines. A total of five projects will take place within the municipalities of Elgin, Godmanchester, Hemmingford, Hinchinbrooke, and Ormstown.

“These investments demonstrate the importance we place on maintaining our infrastructure and improving transportation networks across our vast and beautiful territory,” said Guilbault, who noted the funds also illustrate the government’s commitment to safety and improvements to mobility in the regions.

According to a list of projects published by the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, repair work to maintain the bridge on the Chemin Paul that spans the Trout River in Elgin will start this year at an estimated cost of less than $1 million. Repair work estimated at less than $1 million will also start on the bridge over the Norton Brook on Route 202 in Hemmingford. In Hinchinbrooke, site preparation work will begin this year for repairs to the Cameron Bridge on the montée de Rockburn that passes over the Rivière aux Outardes. Work is expected to cost less than $1 million and will start in 2024.

The government has also announced the culvert over the Hall Brook on Route 202 in Godmanchester is to be rebuilt. Work to prepare the site will begin this year while the reconstruction work is expected to start in 2024. The project is estimated to cost between $1 and $5 million.

Ormstown will see the installation of radar speed display signs near the intersection of Route 138 and Roy Street. The intersection was cited in a coroner’s report and the government has identified the site as an area where safety can be improved. The initiative is not expected to cost more than $1 million.

Area construction projects completed in 2022 include repairs to the Sherrington Bridge on Covey Hill Road in Franklin, as well as finishing work on the Tremblay Bridge on the Rang des Savary. Finishing work also took place on the Lost Nation Bridge that spans the Rivière aux Outardes on the chemin Lost Nation in Hinchinbrooke. Finally, a section of Route 202 in Havelock, just east of Route 201 to Route 203, was repaved. (SR)

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