MONTREAL — The federal government has announced it is allocating $428 million towards the rehabilitation of the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel in Montreal.
The tunnel is the longest underwater highway structure in Canada. The project will involve the rehabilitation of the tunnel infrastructure and modernization of its operating systems, such as lighting, electrical systems and fire protection systems, stated an Aug. 6 release.
The project also includes reconstruction of the Highway 25 roadway between Charron Island and the Sherbrooke interchange as well as construction of infrastructure for public transit along highways 20 and 25.
The $1-billion project will also be financially supported by the Government of Quebec, the City of Montreal and the Town of Boucherville.
“The Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel is a vital link for transportation, commerce and the economic prosperity of the Greater Montreal area. This major rehabilitation project will ensure the tunnel remains efficient and reliable for years to come,” said Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna in a statement.