The first public tenders to widen the Henri-IV (73) highway in Québec will be published shortly for the start of construction work this year.
The Minister for Transport, Véronyque Tremblay, and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale, Sébastien Proulx, confirmed the approval of the business case by the governmental authorities. Previously estimated between $400 and $500 million, the business case has reduced the overall cost of the project to less than $300 million. Of this amount, a contribution of nearly $ 128 million comes from the Government of Canada under the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component-National and Regional Projects.
“We have a plan and our goal is clear: to improve fluidity in the Greater Quebec City area. The project to widen and repair the Henri-IV Highway is an important element of this vision,” said Tremblay. “We are convinced that the solution does not go through a single project, but through several initiatives, such as the major work we are doing on the Capitale-Nationale road network, and also as the third link and the structuring transit network.”
In addition to widening the highway, the project includes the reconstruction of concrete structures and pavement, mainly between the Henri-IV and Charest highways and the Henri-IV and Félix-Leclerc highways. The construction is divided into five major building lots and one landscaping lot. The first public tenders, for the construction of three of these lots, will concern work at the Henri-IV and Félix-Leclerc highways interchange (east and west sectors) and the Henri-Henri interchange. IV / Einstein.
At the end of the project, the Henri IV motorway will have three lanes in each direction between the Charest (440) and Félix-Leclerc (40) highways. A three-way widening to the north is also planned for the portion between the Félix-Leclerc Highway and Chauveau Avenue. A repair of all structures will also be carried out. When completed, these improvements will improve mobility in the area and enhance the safety of road users, while extending the life of the Henri-IV Highway.