Reid admits sorry state of 55
Unveiling the 2012 planning of the Department of Transport’s spending program for the Townships, Orford MNA Pierre Reid admitted upfront that the 55 Autoroute between Ayer’s Cliff and Stanstead is a continuous pothole.
He, along with all the Liberal MNAS from the region led by Mrs. Monique Gagnon-tremblay, were in Sherbrooke, on Monday, to announce a grand total of over one hundred and for- ty-two million dollars that will be spent in the next year. The biggest chunk is going to this year’s part of the construction of highway 141 between Sherbrooke and Lennoxville, a contract valued at over forty million for this year’s portion alone. We learned at the press confer- ence that there are ongoing discussions with Bishop’s University regarding the way that the highway is planned to be built there, Minister Gagnon-tremblay saying that she hopes that the matter will be handled directly rather than going back to another
On the subject of Autoroute 55’s sorry state, this newspaper asked the MTQ regional director, Mr. Gilles Bourque, why Highway 91 in the USA, which connects here with Autoroute 55, never seems to have these types of problems. We could see that the assembled politicians were as eager as we were to hear a rational explanation. It never came, the press being told that the highways are built to a Quebec standard. Pressed on by the Stanstead Journal, he was interrupted by Mrs. Gagnon-tremblay, who took over the question, not answering it but admitting that the infrastructure of Quebec had been badly maintained. Always the objective politician, she admitted that this had been an ongoing problem from all governments. So this year’s projected plan is to repave 55 from Ayer’s Cliff to Stanstead.
Getting paved also this year in our primary coverage area are route 143, in three parts, Hatley Township going North and also in Bromptonville and Richmond; in Coaticook, the paving is north of Gendreau Street on Route 141 and 147; 208, in Hatley and Ayer’s Cliff; and 247 from Fitch Bay north. “I bicycle a lot on that route,” said Mr. Reid, “and it needs to be in better shape and as is the case of most new work done on roads, a one meter cycling path will be included on it.” Baldwin road from the lake to Adam road will be asphalted also. The plan also includes the reconstruction of the Moe’s River bridge in Compton.
MTQ’S Gilles Bourque, Richmond MNA Yvon Vallières, International Relations Minister and Saint-françois MNA, Monique Gagnon-tremblay, Orford MNA Pierre Reid and Megantic-compton MNA Johanne Gonthier with the map showing where the estimated $142,732 dollars will be spent.
Ricmond MNA, Yvan Valliere, Mrs. Gagnon-tremblay and Mr. Reid.