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Feds, Quebec pledge $500M for tunnel rehab

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Feds, Quebec pledge $500M for tunnel rehab

MONTREAL — The federal and Quebec governments have pledged funding support of over $500 million for rehabilitation of the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel in Montreal.

The structure is the longest underwater highway tunnel in Canada. In addition to the tunnel works, the project also includes reconstruction of Highway 25 between Charron Island and the Sherbrooke interchange and construction of infrastructure for public transit along highways 20 and 25.

The project will also involve implementation of 25 kilometres of bus preferential measures such as reserved lanes, provision of 850 park-and-ride spots, and construction of new bus platforms.

A June 3 release said the project is currently in the call-for-proposals process so the overall cost has not yet been determined. The tunnel is used by 120,000 vehicles per day, 13 per cent of them trucks. Construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2020 and is expected to take four years to complete.

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