When Premier François Legault introduced his plans for a tunnel connecting Quebec Metropolis to Lévis earlier this week, he claimed the undertaking wouldn’t solely profit residents of the 2 cities, however would even be “vital” for “an excellent a part of jap Quebec.”
The tunnel, which has been dubbed the third hyperlink, is projected to value between $7 billion and $10 billion and will take as much as 10 years to finish. It is going to include six lanes divided into two ranges — one degree for every path.
One lane in every path will probably be reserved for buses.
A number of environmental teams have criticized the undertaking, questioning whether or not it’s really vital.
Now, PQ MNA Pascal Bérubé and several other municipal leaders are including their voices to the combination.
Bérubé, who represents the Matane-Matapédia driving within the province’s Decrease Saint-Lawrence area, is looking on the premier to cease utilizing jap Quebec as an “excuse” to defend his undertaking.
“I nonetheless don’t perceive how this undertaking is needed, anticipated or vital for jap Quebec,” stated Bérubé.
A mannequin of the tunnel reveals how the 2 ranges will probably be organized. (Quebec authorities)
Bérubé stated he has but to see any proof the undertaking would serve residents in jap Quebec, and is asking the province to make any such proof public if it exists.
He argues jap Quebec residents could be higher served if the federal government used that funds to as a substitute lengthen Freeway 20 to Mont-Joli.
North Shore mayors name for ‘first hyperlink’
For Réjean Porlier, mayor of Sept-Îles, listening to the premier say the third hyperlink would profit residents of jap Quebec was like a slap within the face.
“Do not say it is for the east,” stated Porlier. “Do not use us to justify the third line.”
Porlier and residents within the Decrease North Shore have been calling for an extension to Freeway 138 for many years.
Sept-Îles Mayor Réjean Porlier has been asking for an extension to Freeway 138 for years. (Marc-Antoine Mageau/Radio-Canada)
“We have waited many years and many years for them to complete the one street we have now — the 138 to Blanc-Sablon,” stated Porlier.
Porlier says he understands the necessity to additional develop the Quebec Metropolis space, however says the province ought to first take a look at giving different areas the “naked minimal” in transit choices.
He says the North Shore would additionally profit extra from a bridge over the Saguenay River at Tadoussac.
Ferries just like the F.A. Gauthier, stricken by points lately, are the one approach to cross the St. Lawrence and different rivers, just like the Saguenay, in components of jap Quebec.
Baie-Comeau Mayor Yves Montigny will not be essentially in opposition to the third hyperlink, however would really like the premier to make clear what he meant by it being “vital” for components of jap Quebec.
Montigny says it has been three years because the Decrease Saint-Lawrence and the North Shore have had any dependable technique of transport to one another throughout the St. Lawrence river.
“Our first hyperlink is the F.A. Gauthier,” he stated, discouraged.
The F.A. Gauthier, the ferry that companies the Matane-Godbout-Baie-Comeau crossing, has been plagued with points through the years.
In response to Antonio Hortas, president of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Manicouagan, the ferry has solely really been in service 30 per cent of the time this previous yr.
“There’s plenty of delays in transport, the incapacity of getting items delivered in due time within the North Shore and east of Quebec,” stated Hortas.
“We had corporations that needed to go six to seven to eight hours doing a detour to get to their shoppers due to that.”