Road­work ga­lore in Town­ships over

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Staff Sher­brooke

Lux­ury car deal­ers will see less traf­fic in their show­rooms in Que­bec over the next few years as the Marois government is scal­ing back con­sid­er­ably the spend­ing frenzy of the last decade in road in­fra­struc­ture. In the Town­ships, the usual hun­dreds of mil­lions an­nounced has been re­duced to an al­most pal­try $175,488,000… over two years!

The big­gest slice will go to the 410 with the goal of reach­ing the Len­noxville in­ter­change some­time in late 2014, but the Belvedere Boule­vard in­ter­change is where most of this year’s money will be spent.

Closer to home, the south­bound part of the bridge over the Tomi­fo­bia river on Au­toroute 55 will have ma­jor work done this year, the other side hav­ing the same treat­ment next year. Also due this year is as­phalt work in the Cur­tis road sec­tion go­ing north.

The 247 will see ma­jor as­phalt work done over the next two years, re­plac­ing the bridge over the Tomi­fo­bia on Canusa not be­ing on this year’s pro­gram.

And be pre­pared for an­other episode of fac­ing the traf­fic on one cor­ri­dor of a high­way as Au­toroute 10 will be resur­faced in the East­man re­gion.

All of this is part of a new ap­proach by the Que­bec government to an­nounce in ad­vance when it in­tends to spend its money, an across the board ef­fort ac­cord­ing to Dr. Ré­jean Hébert who an­nounced this year’s spend­ing at a Mon­day press con­fer­ence. When asked by this news­pa­per where a long plan of the government over five years could be found, Dr. Hébert ac­knowl­edged that not only a five year plan was avail­able, but also a ten year one; none to the pub­lic, un­for­tu­nately. It would be in­ter­est­ing to find the master road plan drawn up in the mid-six­ties if only to see how late we are in the mat­ter.

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Ma­jor work will be done to the bridge that crosses the Tomi­fo­bia on high­way 55.

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Dr. He­bert ex­plain­ing the work that will be done this year on the 410.

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