In Temiscouata, work to convert Highway 185 into a highway began in 2002, when Claude Bechard was a member of Parliament. The 40 kilometers remaining to be completed will be completed in 2025. For the elected officials of the municipalities concerned, it is much too long, especially since this is the most deadly portion. “With 10 fatal accidents that have occurred in the last five years in this sector, it is urgent to act,” says the prefect of the MRC, Guylaine Sirois.
The Phase 3 works, valued at $ 947 million, will begin in 2018. However, deforestation and planning for the expropriation of 50 homes and businesses are planned for this year. The 40 km of road will be subdivided into seven sections which, in the geographical order, extend from Saint-Antonin to Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!. The Department of Transport planned to start work in order from Saint-Antonin, so much so that the most accidental sections, namely the 6 and 7, which are located in Saint-Honore-de-Temiscouata and Saint -Louis-du-Ha! Ha !, would be completed last. The mayor of Saint-Honore and the prefect of Temiscouata urge Quebec to begin with these sections.
A meeting was held on January 19th between the member for the riding of Riviere-du-Loup-Temiscouata, Jean D’Amour, representatives of the Ministere des Transports, the prefect of the RCM and the mayors of the four municipalities concerned. At the end of the meeting, it was agreed, according to the Mayor of Saint-Honore, Richard Dube, that work will begin on sections 1, 2, 3 and 6.
While there is some satisfaction in the fact that section 6, considered to be extremely dangerous, is one of the first four that will be carried out, the timeline remains the same. “It’s worth taking so much time,” says Mayor Dube. “In New Brunswick, the 200 km Trans-Canada Highway has been built in five years in an inhabited area,” says Sirois. It takes 23 years! “