The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced funding for Phase III of the Highway 35 extension.
The Montréal-Boston corridor is currently served by highways except for a 13.4-kilometre segment on Route 133. The third phase of the project will construct an 8.9-kilometre highway segment between the Route 133 interchange at Saint-Sébastien and the interchange north of Saint-Armand. It will include two lanes in each direction on two separate carriageways. The fourth and final 4.5-kilometre phase up to the American border will complete this highway connection. Once finished, the project will establish a direct link between Highway 35 and Interstate 89, a key corridor between Quebec and New England, and will reduce the driving distance while promoting sustainable economic development.
“I am very happy with this investment in the extension of Highway 35, which plays a key role in commercial trade with New England and supports reliable and effective international trade,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “The new segment is another step toward building an uninterrupted highway connection between Montréal and Boston, which will help ensure people and goods move smoothly. Through this project, we are helping put the ideal conditions in place for long-term growth and to build strong competitive communities for generations to come.”
The Government of Canada will contribute up to $82 million for Phase III of the project. This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund–Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component–National and Regional. The overall cost of phase III of the project, and therefore the Government of Quebec’s investment, will be specified at the end of the planning phase defined in the Directive sur la gestion des projets majeurs d’infrastructure publique du Québec (Quebec’s directive on managing major public infrastructure projects).
“I’m pleased to be a part of this positive news for our region. As well as improving the quality of life of people living along highway 133 and surrounding municipalities, the extension of Highway 35 will be a great lever for local and regional economic development and contribute to the growth of our communities,” said Louis Lemieux, Member of the National Assembly for Saint-Jean.
Phase III of the 8.9-kilometre long Highway 35 extension is located between the interchange at the junction of Highway 35 and Route 133 at Saint Sébastien and the interchange north of Saint-Armand.