A key stretch of highway 132 on Montreal's south shore will now be called Autoroute René-Lévesque.
Quebec's Toponymy Commission made that official on Thursday. The 25 km stretch of Highway 132 that runs from Candiac to the Lafontaine tunnel will now carry the name of the late Parti Québécois premier.
A number of politicians and historians pushed for the move, noting Lévesque's contributions to Quebec society. And Longueuil's mayor, former Bloc Québécois MP Caroline St-Hilaire, notes that a portion of the highway runs through his old provincial riding of Taillon, which he represented during his years as premier from 1976 to 1985.
"Residents of Longueuil can thank him for his contribution to the development of our city, which he represented during his many years at the National Assembly," she said.