Extension of the A-20: a group of citizens challenges the candidates | Elections Quebec 2022

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Extension of the A-20: a group of citizens challenges the candidates | Élections Québec 2022

The completion of Highway 20 between Trois-Pistoles and Le Bic , a 47 km section, is repeatedly requested by political and economic circles (archives). region in the provincial elections to oppose the proposed extension of Autoroute 20 between Notre-Dame-des-Neiges and Rimouski.

So far, the main political groups have said they are in favor of the project, which the members of the group consider to be a lack of vision and a lack of understanding of the issues related to the climate emergency.

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“We are asking the next government of Quebec to go back to the drawing board to rethink the project and meet the need for an efficient and safer [route] 132 on certain sections deemed more problematic. »

— Excerpt from the press release from the group The Highway 20 Bridge Doesn't Hold Up

The harmful impacts that this section of the 20 could have on the x27;all the businesses bypassed by this new highway are very likely to sign the death warrant of certain entrepreneurs, as is currently the case in Cacouna and L'Isle-Verte, add the members of the group .

So far, the candidates in the riding of Rivière-du-Loup–Témiscouata have been rather discreet on the issue.

In the riding of Rimouski, the aspirants- MPs from the Parti Québécois, the Coalition avenir Québec, the Liberal Party and Québec solidaire have all made it a priority.

Opponents of the Highway 20 Extension Project are especially concerned about the construction of a bridge spanning the Trois-Pistoles river (archives).

Last May, the elected officials of the City of Trois-Pistoles adopted a resolution asking the government to include the portion of Route 132 between Notre-Dame-des-Neiges and Trois-Pistoles in the mandate of the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE) and to consider this option to secure automobile traffic in this sector.

The Highway 20 extension project has been is in the Quebec Infrastructure Plan (PQI) last March. Prime Minister François Legault had however affirmed that there would be no extension without social acceptability.

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