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Canada and Quebec Governments investing in major works on Autoroute Henri-IV


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September 5, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

Quebec City, Quebec — The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced funding to widen Autoroute Henri-IV and refurbish the concrete pavement, mainly between the Charest/Henri-IV and Félix-Leclerc/Henri-IV interchanges.

The Government of Canada is contributing $173.6 million to this project, which is estimated to cost between $400 and $500 million. The remaining amount will be financed by the Government of Quebec. The federal funding comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component–National and Regional Projects.

“We are pleased to announce funding of this magnitude for Autoroute Henri-IV, which is a key piece of transportation infrastructure in the Capitale-Nationale Region. The Government of Canada recognizes how important having modern efficient roads is to promoting economic growth, facilitating the transportation of goods and services, and creating well-paid middle-class jobs,” said Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Jean-Yves Duclos, on behalf of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Amarjeet Sohi.

When the project is completed, Autoroute Henri-IV will have three lanes in each direction between Autoroute Charest (Hwy 440) and Autoroute Félix-Leclerc (Hwy 40) over two kilometres. A three-lane northbound extension will also be constructed for the one-kilometre portion between Autoroute Félix-Leclerc and Avenue Chauveau to the city limits of L’Ancienne-Lorette. All the road structures will also be refurbished. Once completed, this project will improve mobility in the region while extending the life of Autoroute Henri-IV and reducing long-term maintenance costs.

Quick Facts

  • The project to widen Autoroute Henri-IV includes:
    • Reconstructing the concrete pavement between Autoroute Charest and Autoroute Félix-Leclerc;
    • Work on all road structures;
    • Geometric modifications to certain highway junctions to improve safety and flow;
    • Construction of a retention basin in the Félix-Leclerc/Henri-IV interchange.
  • The next steps of the project include:
    • Developing the business case, which will include more detail on aspects such as timing, issues and costs;
    • Preparing plans and specifications.
  •  Work is expected to begin in 2018.
  • The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • Canada’s Budget 2017 has allocated over $10.1 billion for trade and transportation projects across Canada. This amount includes $5 billion to be made available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
  • From 2017 to 2019, the Department of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification will invest more than $4.6 billion in Quebec’s road network, including $374.1 million in the Capitale-Nationale Region.
  • The 2017-2027 Quebec Infrastructure Plan (QIP) provides investments for public infrastructure totalling $91.1 billion, an increase of $2.4 billion compared to the previous QIP. Of this amount, investments totalling nearly $18 billion are planned for the province’s road network.

SOURCE Infrastructure Canada