Highway Claude-Béchard (Highway 85) – Phase 3

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Ranking for 2017: 51

Industry Sector: Transportation

Specific Sector: Highway

Range: $500,000,000 - $1 billion

Project Value: $947,000,000

Federal: New Building Canada Fund’s National Infrastructure Component: $389.7 million

Provincial: $557.3 million

Government Funds Involved:

Funding Source: Public

Location: Saint-Antonin to Saint- Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, Quebec

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: N/A

LEED: N/A


This project involves the last 40 kilometre section from Saint-Antonin to Saint-Louis-du- Ha! Ha!, which will benefit the entire province of Quebec, as Highway 85 is vital to the economic development of eastern Canada. Expanding the existing highway (route 185) to four lanes in this section will make Highway 85 safer and more efficient for those using it and facilitate the transport of goods between Quebec and the Maritime provinces. Construction work on this segment of the highway will begin in 2017.

The Government of Canada selected this project for funding consideration for up to

$389.7 million under the New Building Canada Fund’s National Infrastructure Component. The Quebec Ministry of Transport has set aside $557.3 million, as set out in the 2015-2025 Québec Infrastructure Plan. The ministry will also be responsible for all remaining costs of the project, which has an estimated cost of $947.33 million. This funding is conditional on the project meeting applicable federal eligibility requirements with respect to the New Building Canada Fund and the signing of a contribution agreement.


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