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Quebec Autoroute extensions update
« on: August 09, 2015, 02:16:53 PM »

I'm working on updating the Clinched Highway Mapping route database for Quebec, for the new Travel Mapping project under development. In addition to a lot of catch-up for new Autoroute mileage already opened (including A-5, A-35, A-73, A-85, A-410), I'm trying to get on top of pending extension projects, especially the ones that might open this year.

He're my take on where the various projects stand, in rough order of expected completion date. This leans heavily on Google searches, and auto-translations of French-language documents, so I might be missing something. Corrections or additions to this list would be most welcome.

A-85: Two new segments are already open, near Degelis (New Brunswick border-exit 14) and Notre-Dame-du-Lac (exits 29-47). Construction is under way to fill the gap. Traffic may already be, or will be later this month, moved to the new A-85 southbound roadway (carrying two-way traffic between exits 14 and 29), with work on the northbound roadway possibly done later this year:

http://cimt.teleinterrives.com/nouvelle-Regional_Mise_en_service_partielle_de_la_chaussee_Est_de_lautoroute_85_-21089

I know about the longer-range plans to complete A-85, filling in the gap between exits 47 and Riviere-du-Loup, but that's a long way off.

A-410: Already extended to exit 10 (rue Belvedere), a further extension to rue Queen south of Lennoxville (QC 108/143) is under construction and might be done later this year:

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/regions/estrie/2014/11/21/002-inauguration-autoroute-410-sherbrooke.shtml

When I stopped by there in May, it looked to me like the extension to rue Queen could happen this year, but no work at all was underway to extend A-410 further east.

A-20: Work is underway on extending A-20 from its current east end at exit 527 to Trois-Pistoles. From what I can tell, part of the extension to Route Drapeau (new exit 543) might open this autumn, but unclear what the timetable is on the part of the project that bypasses Trois-Pistoles:

https://www.mtq.gouv.qc.ca/infrastructures-transport/p-routiers-100M/bas-st-laurent-gasp-idm/aut20-cacouna-rimouski/Pages/cacouna-trois-pistoles-30km.aspx

A-73: I had expected the work near Beauceville, to connect the already-open St-Georges segment (QC 204-exit 48) to the rest of A-73 (starting at exit 61), might open soon. But it looks like the timetable has slipped to autumn 2016:

http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/actualites/transports/201411/30/01-4823892-autoroute-73-en-beauce-un-appel-doffres-avant-lexpropriation.php

http://www.st-martin.qc.ca/article.php3?id_article=518

A-70: Work is underway on a short eastern extension, but it's looking like 2017 before it opens to traffic:

http://www.courrierdusaguenay.com/Actualites/2014-10-07/article-3894163/Le-prolongement-de-l%26rsquo%3Bautoroute-70-va-bon-train/1

I know a further extension of A-35 is in the pipeline, but AFAIK its completion is not imminent.

UPDATE: The Quebec routes in Travel Mapping are now up to date. I decided to map the newest parts of A-85 as one segment, from the NB/QC border to St-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! (exit 47). While construction of the northbound lanes is not yet complete for several km south of exit 29, two-way traffic appears to be using the new A-85 southbound lanes in that area.



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Re: Quebec Autoroute extensions update
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2015, 02:41:45 PM »

I know about the longer-range plans to complete A-85, filling in the gap between exits 47 and Riviere-du-Loup, but that's a long way off.

Funding has recently been allocated to construct the remaining 40 kilometers of autoroute 85. $ 950 million has been identified and construction will begin in 2017.

https://www.mtq.gouv.qc.ca/salle-de-presse/nouvelles/Pages/canada-quebec-parachevement-autoroute-85.aspx

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