The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced an investment of nearly $265 million for major repairs to James Bay Road.
The project covers all 620 kilometres of James Bay Road, over half of which will be resurfaced. Work also includes the replacement of culverts and road safety devices such as signage and guardrails. In addition to significantly improving driving conditions throughout the region, this project will extend the life of the road, reducing long-term maintenance costs.
“Improving access to the region north of the 49th parallel is a key condition for the success of the Plan Nord,” said Pierre Arcand, minister of energy and natural resources and minister responsible for the Plan Nord. “The investments announced today are a major step in that direction since the James Bay Road is the preferred land route providing access to the western portion of the Plan Nord territory. It will soon be much easier, more affordable and, above all, safer to travel to and from Radisson and Chisasibi, and to access the many development project sites in the region.”
The Government of Canada is investing over $108.3 million for this project under the New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component, National and Regional Projects. The Quebec government is contributing over $156.3 million from the Société du Plan Nord, including $150.9 million for repairs to James Bay Road and $5.4 million for work on all 90 kilometres of Chisasibi Road.