Extension of Highway 73 - Official Opening of Last Stretch of Highway 73 toward Saint-Georges

News Release

October 12, 2016 – Notre-Dame-des-Pins, QC

Laurent Lessard, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, along with Dominique Vien, Minister responsible for Labour and Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region and Member of Parliament for Bellechasse, and Joël Lightbound, Member of Parliament for the riding of Louis-Hébert in the House of Commons, on behalf of Mr. Amarjeet Sohi, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Mr. Paul Busque, Member of Parliament for Beauce-Sud, are proud to announce the official opening of the final stretch of the Robert Cliche Highway (A-73), which now links Lévis to Saint-Georges.

The completion the extension of this highway to Saint-Georges required a total investment of nearly $490 million. Of this amount, $363.5 million came from the Quebec government and $126.5 million from the federal government.

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"We in Beauce have been anxiously awaiting the opening of this stretch. I am pleased that the region will now have a safe and efficient highway that will be good for the regional economy. The construction forced us to tackle some tough challenges and to be resourceful, using some innovative techniques we can be very proud of. Today, we can dedicate this highway our fellow citizens been awaiting for so long."
The Honourable Laurent Lessard
Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification

"The completion of this traffic artery is important to the future and development of the Chaudière-Appalaches region. It will provide greater safety and a greater flow of people and goods, and it will make it easier to export locally manufactured products to our American neighbours. The Quebec government's vision for the future is today transformed into a source of pride for the whole population of Chaudière-Appalaches."
The Honourable Dominique Vien
Minister responsible for Labour and Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region and Member of Parliament for Bellechasse

"The Government of Canada is pleased to partner with the Government of Quebec in supporting projects that make roads safer and more efficient for residents, visitors and truckers. Helping businesses move their goods to market will stimulate economic growth, help grow the middle class and foster long-term prosperity."
Joël Lightbound
Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"This highway will improve traffic flow and will allow us to reach our economic and tourist development goals."
Paul Busque
Member of Parliament for Beauce-Sud

Quick Facts

  • This highway construction project of over 46 km was a considerable challenge. The building of the Gilbert River bridge proved to be complex for designers and contractors because of the shape of the river valley. This modern bridge is equipped with a de icing spray system that is a first in Quebec. The system will make winter maintenance much easier and will improve the safety of users.
  • This project required the building of 44 km of fencing, 11 underpasses and some 60 escape ramps to allow deer to circulate more easily in order to improve user safety. The project also included trails for snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), as well as landscaping designed either to encourage drivers to slow down or to make the road safer in winter.
  • You will recall that the first stretch of this highway, which connects Lévis to Scott, was inaugurated in 1977. Thirty years later, in 2007, the section between Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce and Beauceville was opened to traffic. With today’s announcement, the Robert-Cliche Highway links Lévis to Saint-Georges over an 88 km stretch.

Contacts

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

Florent Tanlet
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister responsible for Labour
and Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region
418-643-7623

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
613-219-0149
Brook.Simpson@Canada.ca

Cynthia Boissonneault
Communication Advisor
Chaudière-Appalaches Division
Quebec Department of Transport, Sustainable Mobility
and Transport Electrification
418-839-5581

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

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