Reid ad­mits sorry state of 55

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Sher­brooke

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

en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment.

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.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

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.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Ric­mond MNA, Yvan Val­liere, Mrs. Gagnon-trem­blay and Mr. Reid.

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