Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, has confirmed that the Government of Canada is investing more than $427.7 million towards the rehabilitation of the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel.
This project, which was first announced in June 2019, will help modernize the tunnel—a cross-river link that is essential for the mobility of people and goods in the Greater Montreal area.
“The Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel is a vital link for transportation, commerce and the economic prosperity of the Greater Montreal area,” said Minister McKenna. “This major rehabilitation project will ensure the Tunnel remains efficient and reliable for years to come. Canada’s Infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds stronger communities.”
The Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel, which was built in 1967, is the longest underwater highway tunnel in Canada. The project aims to rehabilitate the infrastructure and modernize its operating systems, including lighting, electrical systems and fire protection systems.
The project also includes the reconstruction of the Highway 25 roadway between Charron Island and the Sherbrooke interchange, as well as the construction of infrastructure for public transit along highways 20 and 25.
This $1 billion project is financially supported by the Government of Canada, the Government of Québec, the City of Montréal and the Town of Boucherville.
The tunnel is used by approximately 120,000 vehicles per day, 13 per cent of them trucks.