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Montreal needs Highway 30 completion, argues Board of Trade

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and South Shore business community are together urging the governments...

March 18, 2004   Canadian Consulting Engineer

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and South Shore business community are together urging the governments of Quebec and Canada to complete Highway 30.

“A metropolis must be able to develop, produce, and trade. If Montreal wishes to be resolutely metropolitan, its infrastructures must be so as well. But as long as Highway 30 exists only on the drawing board, the ring-road around the metropolitan region will be incomplete, with all the problems that entail – particularly for the movement of goods on the island and on the outskirts of the city,” Benoit Labont, president of the Board of Trade, said in a press release. <br>
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Labont added that Montreal is an exceptional case among North American metropolitan areas in that it lacks a true ring-road, greatly adding to traffic congestion and wear on its road network.<br>
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“Highway 30 is necessary, among other things, because it would facilitate access from the Maritime Provinces to both Quebec and Ontario while improving access to highways serving important markets in the eastern United States,” Labont said.<br>
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The board also suggests that completing the highway would be an opportunity to have a significant public-private partnership in Quebec. They say that financing a portion of the building and running costs with private capital would allow for quicker project completion. <br>
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