The Government of Canada has announced an investment of more than $345.4 million for the completion of three road projects: the extension of Highway 19 between Highway 440 and Highway 640, the rehabilitation of Pie-IX Bridge between Montreal and Laval, and the construction of a reserved lane on the Pie-IX Bridge.
“I am thrilled to announce this major investment in Highway 19 and the Pie-IX Bridge, key transportation infrastructure that tens of thousands of people use every day to get to work and school on time and back home safely after a long day,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “This work will greatly improve traffic flow for everyone, whether they use public transit, drive, cycle or walk. These are the types of projects that build strong inclusive communities and help ensure present and future generations thrive.”
The extension of Highway 19 between Saint-Martin Boulevard East in Laval and Industriel Boulevard in Bois-des-Filion will create an efficient safe public transit link and improve traffic flow. Among other features, there will be a new roadway with three lanes in each direction—including one lane reserved for buses, carpooling and electric vehicles—four interchanges, a new bridge, a park-and-ride lot and a bus terminal.
The rehabilitation of the Pie-IX Bridge will enhance public and active transit options and improve road safety. The work consists of replacing the current deck with a new reinforced concrete deck six lanes wide—four southbound and two northbound—widening the sidewalk on the west side and creating a new bicycle/pedestrian path on the east side. The third project will create a reserved lane for the Pie-IX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) over a kilometre long on the Pie-IX Bridge that will be connected to the access ramps (north and south) on the Laval side.
The Quebec government will soon be releasing the details of its investments.