Highway 55 widening work finally begins

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The widening work ;widening of Highway 55 finally begins

The report by Marie-Ève ​​Trudel

After many years of waiting, work to split Highway 55 to Highway 20 on the south side of the river has finally begun. The member for Nicolet-Bécancour, Donald Martel, had made it his hobbyhorse.

We are coming out of an election campaign, we have been taunted a few times that it was a promise that would not come true, I want to demonstrate the proof this morning, he said with satisfaction.

The work is taking place between the boulevard des Acadiens interchange and the #x27;Highway 20.

The first phase of the work consists of deforestation. It will continue until spring. The Ministère des Transports ensures that the snowmobile trails will not be disturbed by the deforestation work this winter.

The section is laid out in two directions and without a central reservation.

Everyone knows Highway 55 between Shawinigan and [Trois-Rivières]. It's the same thing that we do essentially here, image the deputy. He adds that the work does not cause the current highway to be closed except for a few times during the spring or summer. They will have no choice but to close because all the lumber will have to be loaded.

The project also includes the redevelopment of four intersections along Highway 55. The road investment is planned, to date, at the amount of 340 million dollars.

The MP for Nicolet-Bécancour, Donald Martel, has been waiting for this moment since entering politics. He summoned the press on Tuesday morning to mark the occasion.

The sector has been the scene of many accidents over the decades. The volume of traffic has increased considerably in recent years. Like it or not, there really is a security aspect, argues Donald Martel. Between 9,600 and 16,700 vehicles travel the section daily.

The widening works are expected to be completed in 2028.

The CAQ MP would like the project to be completed even more quickly, in order to accommodate the traffic that could increase in the area due to the development of the battery sector.

Based on information from Marie-Eve Trudel and interviews conducted on the shows Toujours le matin and Live

Donald Martel is delighted of the start of work for the widening of the 55

ICI PREMIÈRE EMISSION • Live – Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec

Donald Martel is delighted with the start of work on the widening of Route 55. 8-minute audio content, ICI Première program . Listen to audio.

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