Quebec to invest $1.4-billion in Montreal area-roads

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The provincial transport ministry will spend $1.4-billion on Montreal's roadwork over the next two years.

And almost all of that - $1.3-billion-will be spent simply on maintaining existing infrastructure.

Transport Minister Robert Poeti said there are priorities, including finishing work at the intersection of Highways 15 and 40, and the St-Pierre and Dorval interchanges.

He says he is confident there will be better communication between the various levels of government to better coordinate construction projects.

"There are a lot of groups [involved in infrastructure planning] and I think we have to create one group," he said. "People who can decide what we can do together and work together for real. 

Other big ticket=-projects include maintaining the Turcot and repaving the 40 between Kirkland, Senneville and Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.

Poeti admits the spending isn't on flashy new projects but on necessary ones - comparing Quebec's infrastructure to a home. 

"It's probably more fun to buy a new house, but the thing is, the house we have now needs repairs. It needs money to make sure we can live in it and be safe. It's not jazzy at all, but it's the reality."

Poeti said there will be 74 work sites across the Montreal region supporting over 11,000 jobs over the next two years.

The ministry will be spending some $30 billion over the next decade.

Two-thirds of that will go to roads.

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  1. dgre posted on 06/17/2014 12:27 AM
    How much will end up lining the pockets of the mob? Who wants to take to the streets to protest this stuff? No one?...
  2. George73 posted on 07/03/2014 05:01 PM
    As a frequent user of the 40 in West Island, I'm not sure what bright spark in the civil service thought that the 40 was a priority. Get the Turcotte done, you idiot.
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