$265M announced for major repairs to James Bay Road

Andrew Snook
July 11, 2017
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July 11, 2017 - The James Bay Road will undergo significant improvements thanks to $265 million in funding announced by the federal government and the Province of Quebec.

"I am proud to announce significant funding for James Bay Road, one of the most critical pieces of infrastructure in northern Quebec,” Garneau said. “The Government of Canada is making investments that will immediately improve quality of life for Quebecers while laying solid foundations for a strong, sustainable economy. We are pleased to support the communities of northern Quebec today."

The investment will go towards major road repairs, including the resurfacing of more than half of the 620-kilometre road; the replacement of culverts; and road safety devices such as signage and guardrails, according to Infrastructure Canada.

"Improving access to the region north of the 49th parallel is a key condition for the success of the Plan Nord. The investments announced today are a major step in that direction since the James Bay Road is the preferred land route providing access to the western portion of the Plan Nord territory. It will soon be much easier, more affordable and, above all, safer to travel to and from Radisson and Chisasibi, and to access the many development project sites in the region,” said Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Plan Nord.

Infrastructure Canada announced that the funding for the project will come from a $108.3-million investment from the Government of Canada under the New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component, National and Regional Projects; and more than $156.3 million from the Province of Quebec.

"The rehabilitation of this strategic link will reinvigorate northern Quebec. By moving quickly on critical stretches, we will be increasing safety not only for the 11,000 people served by James Bay Road, but also for the numerous hydroelectric, mining, forestry and tourism sector users in our region,” said Jean Boucher, Member of the National Assembly for Ungava.

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