Ste. Anne's, Transport Qc. reach agreement on Exit 41
Published Thursday, September 19, 2013 9:18AM EDT
More than two years after Exit 41 off Highway 40 was closed in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Transport Quebec and the west island municipality have reached an agreement to rebuild the necessary roadways.
The exit was closed in 2011 because the overpasses that spanned the highway were in very bad shape.
Since the closure commuters who wanted to get from Highway 40 to Highway 20 -- where they often crossed over a bridge toward Ile Perrot and Vaudreuil-Dorion -- have had to detour.
Many have said it's especially frustrating because Transport Quebec already started repair work, but stopped when the provincial agency could not come to a financial agreement with the city.
Now Ste. Anne de Bellevue and Transport Quebec have, at long last, agreed to split the cost. Transport Quebec will spend $1.1 million, with Ste. Anne de Bellevue covering the rest of the $1.5 million cost of repairs.
"To improve everything in the area we dismantled some of the roads in Ste Anne de Bellevue. Instead at the end of the project putting this all back together we're using this money that was supposed to be affected to rebuilding the road, we're putting it towards building the T-intersection," said Caroline Larose of Transport Quebec.
Minister of Transport Sylvain Gaudreault is very happy with the arrangement, but opposition councillors in the municipality are not.
Paola Hawa believes the approved project will cost more than is planned.
"I would venture a guess that it's going to be about $2.5 million, if not a little higher and Ste. Anne de Bellevue will be stuck with the bill for that," said Hawa.
"I'm happy that we're going to move forward but I wouldn't want people to think that Ste. Anne de Bellevue came out a winner in this. It is still going to cost a little city like ours $1.5 to 1.7 million by the time everything is said and done," said Hawa.
The city is responsible for the intersection, the traffic lights, and for paying to dismantle the underpasses.
The work is scheduled to be completed next year.