Ranking for 2013: 76
Industry Sector: Transportation
Specific Sector: Highway
Range: $500,000,000 - $1 billion
Project Value: $637,500,000
Federal: $375 million
Provincial: $262.5 million
Government Funds Involved:
Funding Source: Public
Location: From Quebec City to Saguenay, , Quebec
Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2013
The conversion of Routes 73/175 to a four-lane, twinned highway began in 2006 and was originally expected to be completed in 2010. However, significant delays in the project have pushed its completion back to late 2013 and increased its original projected cost (the figures above represent the original budget). The federal government has contributed a significant part of its funding since the road is used to access several National Historic Sites.
Because the highway extends through the Laurentides Wildlife Reserve and Jacques Cartier National (Quebec) Park north of Quebec City, conservation is a major part of the project, which will include protective fencing along the roadside and a number of wildlife bridges.