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Inauguration of Autoroute 30 Held in Quebec


December 17, 2012
By Aggregates and Roadbuilding

December 17, 2012, Beauharnois, Que. The official inauguration of the Western section of autoroute 30,
which has been built through a public-private partnership, was held in Beauharnois with government, industry, and community stakeholders. The long-awaited
42-kilometre stretch of road completes this major highway project. The new
infrastructure connects autoroute 20 and autoroute 40 in
Vaudreuil-Dorion to the existing autoroute 30 in Châteauguay.

December 17, 2012, Beauharnois, Que. The Honourable Denis Lebel,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the
Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Mr. Sylvain Gaudreault,
Québec Minister of Transport and Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and
Land Occupancy, Ms. Marie Malavoy, Minister responsible for the
Montérégie region, and
Mr. Denis Léonard, General Manager of Nouvelle Autoroute 30,
s.e.n.c. (NA-30), today inaugurated the Western section of autoroute 30,
which has been built through a public-private partnership. The long-awaited
42-kilometre stretch of road completes this major highway project. The new
infrastructure connects autoroute 20 and autoroute 40 in
Vaudreuil-Dorion to the existing autoroute 30 in Châteauguay. Since
December 15, it allows highway users to travel on autoroute 30 all the way
from Vaudreuil-Dorion to Sorel-Tracy.

 

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The
Western section includes several large works such as the tunnel under the
Soulanges canal, pont Serge-Marcil over the St. Lawrence, and a bridge
over
canal de Beauharnois. Tolls will be collected at the north end of pont Serge-Marcil; vehicles that do
not have a transponder (decal) for electronic payment will stop to pay at a
toll booth.

 

Work to
complete the Western section of autoroute 30 began in spring 2009 and it
was done according to established costs and deadlines. The cost of the project
is $1.5 billion (in 2008 dollars). This includes funding, conception and
construction, as well as maintenance and operation of autoroute 30 from
Vaudreuil-Dorion to boulevard Matte, in Brossard, for the next 30 years.

 

“The
Government of Canada is proud to have invested $704.5 million for the
completion of the Western section of autoroute 30,” said the Honourable
Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “This
new corridor will reduce traffic congestion in and around Montréal, improve
access to markets in Ontario, the Maritimes and the United States, and greatly
contribute to the economic growth in
Montérégie, in Montréal and across Québec.”

 

“We are
very proud to be inaugurating the last stretch of autoroute 30 today. This
axial highway is vitally important to the region’s residents, but also to the entire
metropolitan area. This new road infrastructure gives all users an optional
alternative route and it integrates existing highways in a road system that
will perform better than ever,” said Mr. Sylvain Gaudreault, Québec
Minister of Transport.

 

“Today,
we can say mission accomplished. Within planned delays – four years and three
months –, Nouvelle Autoroute 30 s.e.n.c., owned by Acciona and ACS
Infrastructures now known as A30 Express, has designed and built
42 kilometres of a highway as well as 30 bridges, including two major
bridges. This great accomplishment became a reality thanks to the exceptional
contribution of managers and workers and of passionate and determined
individuals. For the next 30 years, A30 Express will be responsible for the management,
maintenance and rehabilitation of more than 73 kilometres of
autoroute 30. We will meet this new challenge with success”, said Mr.
Denis Léonard, General Manager of NA-30 and Director of the public-private
partnership project to complete autoroute 30.

 

“Autoroute
30 is more than a bypass road; it’s an economic lever for
Montérégie. It will significantly improve
access to the region and thus bring in major investment over the coming years,”
said Ms. Marie Malavoy, Minister responsible for the
Montérégie region.

 

The
project to complete autoroute 30 also included the construction of the
Eastern portion between Saint-Constant and Candiac (opened in
November 2010) and the Jean-Leman stretch (opened in November 2011).
This work was carried out by the ministère des Transports du Québec using the
traditional approach.