Announcement of opportunity cost study for the La Vérendrye Boulevard expansion and extension project

News Release

July 5, 2016 – Gatineau, Quebec

Steven MacKinnon, Member of Parliament for Gatineau, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and Marc Carrière, Parliamentary Assistant to Quebec’s Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, and Quebec’s Minister responsible for Higher Education and Member of the National Assembly for Chapleau, on behalf of Jacques Daoust, Quebec’s Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, today announced $200,000 in funding to the City of Gatineau for an opportunity cost study for the La Vérendrye Boulevard expansion and extension project. They were joined for this announcement by Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor of Gatineau.

The opportunity cost study covers two separate projects on La Vérendrye Boulevard. The first component of the project is the twinning of a 1.9-km segment of La Vérendrye Boulevard West, between Gréber Boulevard and Montée Paiement. The second component is a 2.3-km extension of La Vérendrye Boulevard East, between Labrosse and Lorrain Boulevards.

Priority road system enhancement projects on strategic roads on the Quebec side of the National Capital Region will be cost-shared on a 50-50 basis between the federal and provincial governments.

The study is part of the Quebec-National Capital Commission agreement on enhancing the road system on the Quebec side of the National Capital Region. It will help to conduct the first phase of the project to enhance the road system in the City of Gatineau sector.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada has made an unprecedented commitment to invest over $120 billion in public infrastructure in Canada over ten years. Through projects like this one, which will be studied for Gatineau, we will be able to enhance travel for residents of the National Capital Region and foster economic development."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

"We are pleased to partner with all orders of government to make smart public infrastructure investments. The opportunity cost study will help to determine the best way to carry out these projects, so that residents of Gatineau and surrounding areas can benefit from a safe, effective road system."
Steven MacKinnon
Member of Parliament for Gatineau

"Sustainable mobility is important in an urban context in order to provide a safe, effective road system. The La Vérendrye Boulevard opportunity cost study will help to provide new travel opportunities for residents, to meet their daily needs."
Jacques Daoust
Quebec Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification

"The opportunity cost study will initially help to better define projects and associated costs. I am delighted with this first step we are taking today, and I am sure that the residents of Gatineau and the entire Outaouais region will welcome this news enthusiastically."
Marc Carrière
Member of the National Assembly for Chapleau

"This initial phase is wonderful news for travel fluidity for Gatineau residents. The eastward extension of La Vérendrye Boulevard and the expansion of the western segment will help to improve service to the sector and travel safety. I would like to thank the Government of Quebec, especially Marc Carrière, Member of the National Assembly for Chapleau, for its financial support to conduct the opportunity cost study for the Boulevard extension projects. These high-priority projects are essential for effectively serving Gatineau residents."
Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin
Mayor of Gatineau

Contacts

Delphine Denis
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
613-991-0700

Melissa Turgeon
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification
418-643-6980

Geneviève Latulippe
Political Attachée, Chief of Staff
Member of the National Assembly for Chapleau
819-246-4558

Laurence Gillot
Press Secretary
Office of the Mayor of Gatineau
819-598-2072

For information

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055
media@tc.gc.ca

Martine Perreault
Communications Advisor
Department of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification
819-772-3107, extension 260

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