The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced funding to widen Autoroute Henri-IV and refurbish the concrete pavement, mainly between the Charest/Henri-IV and Félix-Leclerc/Henri-IV interchanges.
The Government of Canada is contributing $173.6 million to this project, which is estimated to cost between $400 million and $500 million. The remaining amount will be financed by the Government of Quebec. The federal funding comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—National and Regional Projects.
“Autoroute Henri-IV is a key link in the transportation network and it is essential to ensure it lasts while improving the efficiency of this strategic network,” said Laurent Lessard, minister of transport, sustainable mobility, and transport electrification. “This major project will accommodate current and future transportation demands for users. We are pleased to be taking the appropriate action to reduce congestion problems.”
The project to widen Autoroute Henri-IV includes:
- Reconstructing the concrete pavement between Autoroute Charest and Autoroute Félix-Leclerc;
- Work on all road structures;
- Geometric modifications to certain highway junctions to improve safety and flow; and
- Construction of a retention basin in the Félix-Leclerc/Henri-IV interchange.
When the project is completed, Autoroute Henri-IV will have three lanes in each direction between Autoroute Charest (Hwy 440) and Autoroute Félix-Leclerc (Hwy 40) over two kilometres. A three-lane northbound extension will also be constructed for the one-kilometre portion between Autoroute Félix-Leclerc and Avenue Chauveau to the city limits of L’Ancienne-Lorette. All the road structures will also be refurbished. Once completed, this project will improve mobility in the region while extending the life of Autoroute Henri-IV and reducing long-term maintenance costs.
The next steps for the project include the development of the business case, including detail on timing, issues, and costs, as well as work preparing plans and project specs. Work is expected to begin during the 2018 construction season.