Highway may be ready one day
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.
Everyone was happy, elected officials and reporters alike, about the opening of the continuation of Autoroute 410, last Friday.
Transport Minister Robert Poeti speaking at the press conference, last Friday, to announce the extension to Autoroute 410.