Tour­ing in Town­ships not easy

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier


Que­bec Trans­port Depart­ment has closed a few more roads in our re­gion, mak­ing life even more ‘in­ter­est­ing’ for lo­cals and tourists.

Route 208 in Hat­ley is now closed for re­pairs to the bridge that strad­dles the Tomi­fo­bia River. The Min­istry web site says that it will be com­pletely closed un­til De­cem­ber 16th, 2011, and sug­gests that mo­torists take a de­tour on the 143, the 141 and then the 208.

The 108, in the Town­ship of Hat­ley, is still closed be­cause of the dam­aged Capel­ton Bridge. The work to re­build the bridge has not yet be­gun and, ac­cord­ing to the trans­port depart­ment’s web­site, it will be closed for an un­de­ter­mined amount of time. “The bridge must be re­built and our en­gi­neers are presently work­ing on the plans. At the same time drill work is be­ing done to test the ground at the site. The en­gi­neers need this in­for­ma­tion be­fore fi­nal­iz­ing the plans,” com­mented Que­bec Trans­port spokesper­son, He­lene Beauch­esne.

The pop­u­lar tourist route, the Chemin des Peres that runs down the west­ern side of Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog, bring­ing tourists and lo­cals to lo­cal hot spots like the Spa Nordic Sta­tion, the Savons des Can­tons, Les Tre­sors de la Grange and the Ab­baye St. Benoit has been closed since Mon­day. A pre­fab bridge is be­ing re­placed be­tween Bishop Street and Mont­petit in Ma­gog. De­tour signs have mo­torists mak­ing a long de­tour on au­toroute 10, exit 106 at East­man, route 245 and chemin Ni­cholas Austin. “We just re­ceived au­tho­riza­tion to­day from the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Austin and Ma­gog to use their road net­work for the de­tour and the new de­tour signs should be posted to­mor­row,” ex­plained Ms. Beauch­esne on Tues­day. Ac­cord­ing to Ms. Beauch­esne, un­til the trans­port depart­ment has the au­tho­riza­tion to use roads that are not part of their net­work, they must route de­tours on their net­work’s roads which some­times makes for quite lengthy trips.

Tourism Que­bec has sug­gested that peo­ple take Chemin des Peres, Du­val, Patch and Milling­ton to get around the road­work. Most of the pop­u­lar des- tina­tions are still ac­ces­si­ble when driv­ing in a south­ern direc­tion along Chemin des Peres from Ma­gog. This work is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Septem­ber 11th, 2011, and pos­si­bly sooner if the weather co­op­er­ates. A por­tion of the Chemin des Peres was also closed last year for re­pairs.

A sec­tion of route 208, in Hat­ley, is now closed to al­low re­pairs to the bridge that crosses the Tomi­fo­bia River.

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