Transport Canada and the Government of Quebec announced a joint investment of $70.4 million to support road projects in the Outaouais region.

“Today’s announcement is part of a long-standing partnership between the federal government, Quebec, Gatineau and the Outaouais. Our investments will help improve Pink Road and La Vérendrye Boulevard, making it easier for people to get around,” said Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Transport and Quebec Lieutenant.

This funding is provided under the Agreement between the Government of Quebec and the National Capital Commission on Highway Improvements in the Quebec Area of the National Capital Region (Agreement). It will support the widening of Pink Road and the preparation and completion of the widening of La Vérendrye Boulevard.

“By investing $35 million in the City of Gatineau’s roads, we are investing to improve traffic flow and safety for local users, in addition to contributing to the economic development of the region,” said Geneviève Guilbault, Deputy Premier and Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility

More specifically, this investment will help City of Gatineau finance the following activities:

  • Plans, specifications, and construction work for phase 2, the widening of Chemin Pink
  • Updating the feasibility study for the extension of Boulevard de la Vérendrye East
  • Conducting required environmental studies for Boulevard de la Vérendrye East & West (already partially funded under a previous financial assistance agreement)
  • Plans, specifications, and construction work for the widening of Boulevard de la Vérendrye West

Completion of these projects will help improve traffic flow in Gatineau, Quebec. As stipulated in the Outaouais Road Agreement, the costs will be shared equally between the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec.

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“Gatineau is growing, and the citizens of Gatineau aspire to improved traffic flow and increased connectivity within our urban transportation system. Completion of the widening of Pink Road and La Vérendrye Boulevard will help make that happen. Thank you to the federal and provincial governments for their financial support in modernizing our local infrastructure.” said France Bélisle, Mayor of Gatineau.

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