A new field survey to complete the route planning studies

 

Québec City, July 6, 2017 – The Québec government has confirmed that a specialized firm is currently creating a digital terrain model using aerial surveys on the Lower North Shore, between La Romaine and Tête-à-la-Baleine and between La Tabatière and Vieux-Fort. The data is required to complete route planning studies for the extension of Route 138.

Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister responsible for the Plan Nord and Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region is pleased to see these activities under way, confirming the commitment he made last year to ensure progress in this major project. The extension of Route 138 is designed, over time, to connect the communities from Kegaska to Blanc-Sablon to each other along the Lower North Shore. An investment of $232 million is specified in the Plan Nord financial framework to launch work on this ambitious project.

The collection of data for the digital terrain model will be completed in the coming weeks, depending on the weather conditions. This will be followed by a period of data processing and analysis. At the end of this stage, it will be possible to define a construction schedule based on the budget available.

Quotes:

“The completion of these route planning studies is a major step toward the construction of Route 138 on the Lower North Shore. All the components will be in place for planning this major project, which raises many complex challenges in this isolated terrain. My priority will be to offer the residents of the Lower North Shore a realistic timetable in the short term.”

Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister responsible for the Plan Nord and Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region

“The extension of Route 138 is an ambitious undertaking that requires a rigorous approach given the particularly harsh geographical and physical conditions involved. We will face these challenges directly in order to provide better service to communities in the region and help residents and businesses implement their plans for economic and social development. Today’s announcement marks a significant step in the right direction.”

Laurent Lessard, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification

Links:

Project to extend Route 138 along the Lower North Shore

Plan Nord