SAINT-ANTONIN, QUE. — The governments of Quebec and Canada have announced the start of work on phase three of the project to develop Route 185 in the southeastern part of the province into a two-lane divided highway.
The first worksite is located in Saint-Antonin and extends 8.3 kilometres, stated an Aug. 6 release. Three other projects will also start this summer and cover 13 kilometres of highway in the municipalities of Saint-Antonin, Saint-Hubert-de-Riviere-du-Loup and Saint-Honore-de-Temiscouata.
Phase three will complete Autoroute 85, which will connect Autoroute 20 at Notre-Dame-du-Portage to the New Brunswick border. A gradual roll-out of this final section of Autoroute 85 is slated to begin in 2021.
The project cost of phase three is $943 million. The government of Quebec will cover $553 million of the costs and the government of Canada $390 million.
The 40-kilometre phase three from Saint-Antonin to Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! includes seven separate sections.
Phase one was rolled out between 2002 and 2013, and the roll-out of phase two took place between 2013 and 2015.
“I am happy to announce the start of this major work on Autoroute 85, which will significantly improve safety and traffic flow for users. It is another step toward redeveloping Route 185 into an uninterrupted highway link between Quebec and New Brunswick, which will support trade with the Maritime provinces by facilitating the movement of people and goods,” commented Remi Masee, MP for Avignon–La Mitis–Matane–Matapedia, in the statement.