Route 389 Improvement Program

Rank 2022


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Industry Sector: Transportation

Project Type: Highway

Project Value: $525 million

Funding Source: Public

Federal Funding: $183 million (New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—National and Regional Projects)

Provincial Funding: $342 million

Province: Quebec

City / Region: Baie-Comeau, Quebec to the Labrador border

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2026

This 570-kilometre highway joins the city of Baie-Comeau in Quebec with the Newfoundland-Labrador border. The improvement program is key in the development of Plan Nord, as it will improve access to lands north of the 49th parallel. The program is divided into five individual projects: Project A: from Fire Lake to Fermont; Project B: Baie-Comeau to Manic-2; Project C: winding sector north of Manic-Five; Project D: Manic-2 north of Manic-3; Project E: Manic-3 North to Manic-5. After the commencement of Project C in 2019, Project B got underway in May 2020. Project C carries a cost of $27 million, while Project B represents an. investment of $121.8 million. Work has taken place on sections of the road, including Project C (completed) and parts of Projects D and E. Project B has been under construction since 2020.

Project Owner: Government of Quebec

Engineer: SNC-Lavalin; Tetra Tech

Contractor: Dexter Quebec (projet C); Groupe Alfred Boivin (projet B)

Other Key Players: BPR/AXOR Experts-Conseils Consortium (planning and specifications north of Manic-5); Roche-TDA Consortium, in conjunction with Inspec-Sol (GHD) (environmental assessment); WSP (route design work)

2022 Rank: 89

2021 Rank: 90

2020 Rank: 92

2019 Rank: 90

2018 Rank: 88

2016 Rank: 91

2015 Rank: 96

2014 Rank: 94


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