The Minister for Transport and Minister responsible for Greater Montréal and the Montreal region, Ms. Chantal Rouleau, is pleased to announce the allocation of financial assistance of $15,499,000 to the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) to support the construction and repair of marine infrastructure.
This amount will be used to carry out three projects: the repair of wharf 28, the repair and widening of the Pie-IX railway bridge as well as the continuation of construction work on the overpass located above rue Notre- Lady. These projects will help support intermodality by maximizing links with ground transportation using an eco-responsible approach, improving the fluidity of road traffic in the port and reducing truck traffic on the local road network.
I salute the Montreal Port Authority, which has already been working for some time on upgrading these facilities, which are essential to its daily activities. This government support confirms a common ambition of our maritime vision, Advantage Saint-Laurent, which aims to improve the competitive position of the river by optimizing maritime and port activities. Added to this is the desire to serve businesses in the metropolitan area well by means of a more efficient logistics chain. I would add that we are sensitive to the concerns of people in the sector. From this point of view, the overpass project will reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions in the neighborhood by removing a large number of trucks from Notre-Dame Street.
Chantal Rouleau, Minister for Transport and Minister responsible for Greater Montréal and the Montreal region
Investing in our infrastructure is much more than investing in concrete. It means investing concretely for our businesses, for our municipalities and to promote the economic development of communities in Quebec and across the country. The Souligny overpass construction project, to which our government has already contributed $7.7 million, will improve the efficiency of travel and the transportation of goods by road.
The Honorable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Quebec Lieutenant, on behalf of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
The Government of Quebec's contribution is essential to maintaining our competitiveness, to the benefit of the companies that rely on the Port of Montreal for their growth and of the society in which we are anchored on a daily basis. The Port of Montreal has all the necessary capabilities to be able to face today's global competitiveness, and this investment gives us the means to be even stronger to be the port of tomorrow.
Martin Imbleau, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority