High­way may be ready one day

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff, Sher­brooke

Seems as if Trans­port Québec is of­fi­cially des­ig­nat­ing route 143 as Gil­bert Hy­att Road on the map that they showed to the press when they fi­nally in­au­gu­rated, the usual cou­ple of months late, the lat­est 3 km seg­ment of Au­toroute 410, this time up to Belvedere-McDon­ald. The next por­tion, to the 143 cir­cle, should be ready at the end of next year.

The rest will be done even­tu­ally. When this news­pa­per asked Trans­port Min­is­ter Robert Poëti the po­lit­i­cal mean­ing of ‘even­tu­ally’, we were told that it is the same as the reg­u­lar one. We will guess that, since in late May 2009, the then Trans­port min­is­ter was telling us that the whole 410 ex­ten­sion to route 108 would be ready by now, that ‘even­tu­ally’ means some­time sooner or later, but not now, and maybe later than this.

What seems to be sure is that the project is well within the pre­dicted bud­get. In 2009, it was bud­geted to­tally at $166,000,000 and up to now $114,000,000 has been spent.

If Mr. Poëti’s an­swer on the com­ple­tion date of the project was as clear as ice, po­lit­i­cal one that is, his an­swer on the of­fi­cial nam­ing of Route 143 to Gil­bert Hy­att was po­lit­i­cal skat­ing on thin ice at its best. So the map says Gil­bert Hy­att, that doesn’t mean that it is Gil­bert Hy­att.

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Ev­ery­one was happy, elected of­fi­cials and re­porters alike, about the open­ing of the con­tin­u­a­tion of Au­toroute 410, last Fri­day.

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Trans­port Min­is­ter Robert Poeti speak­ing at the press con­fer­ence, last Fri­day, to an­nounce the ex­ten­sion to Au­toroute 410.

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