Routes 73/175 Widening

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Image Credit: Transports Québec

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.

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