January 29, 2018 by Jillian Morgan
The governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest nearly $490,000 for the construction of a bicycle path in Chelsea, a municipality located in the Outaouais region of Quebec near Gatineau Park.
The municipality will also contribute $490,000, for a total government-municipal investment of $1.4 million.
The new bike path will include three sections totalling almost four kilometres on Mine, Notch and Kingsmere roads.
Once completed, the project will provide the community with a cycling network and link Chelsea with surrounding towns. The investment aims to encourage active transportation in the region.
“This funding will make active transportation safer along the Mine, Notch, and Kingsmere corridor for residents of all ages, especially youth who bike to high school and CEGEP along this route,” said Caryl Green, mayor of Chelsea.
“This active partnership helped ensure the project design reflects the needs of both Chelsea residents and Gatineau Park visitors.”
William Amos, member of parliament for Pontiac, Que., and Stephanie Vallee, member of the national assembly for Gatineau, Que., made the announcement.
“The bike path project in Chelsea will create safe connections among our communities and offer residents of all ages the option of adopting an active mode of transportation,” said Amos.
Funding for the project comes from the New Building Canada Fund-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund.
The Small Communities Fund is a joint federal-provincial program coordinated by Infrastructure Canada in partnership with the provinces and territories.
In Quebec, the fund is administered by the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy.
The goal of this program is to provide financial support to Canadian municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents to develop infrastructure.
SOURCE: INFRASTRUCTURE CANADA