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Road link
between the Augustines industrial park
and the port of Gaspé

ABSTRACTOF THE PROJECTROAD LINK

The road link project in a nutshell

1

Length

A new 6,3 kilometer road link to connect the Augustines industrial park and the port of Gaspé.
2

costs

A project estimated at between $20M and $22M, of which $19M will be paid for by the Government of Quebec and the balance by the City of Gaspé.
3

Need

A project necessary to allow the transport of wind turbine blades of 107 meters which will be produced at the LM WindPower plant in Gaspé from 2023. These components are too wide and too long for the current road network and will have to be transported at 5 km / h.
4

ECONOMICAL CONSEQUENCES

The project will enable at least $200 million in private investment and attract other industrialists to Parc des Augustines. It will create at least 225 new jobs in addition to safeguarding 450 others.
5

NUMBERS OF OWNERS TARGETED

The project will require the acquisition of 40 plots of land from 35 different owners, including 2 plots with a house built.

HISTORYOF THE PROJECTROAD LINK

July 2018

Planning

Prioritized as action number 1 of the Gaspé industrial-port zone development plan adopted in 2018 following 2 years of consultation.

July 2018

June - October 2019

Study of options

Carrying out an option study for the transport of oversized wind turbine blades to ensure that a new road link is the best and only possible option. 

January 2020

Plans and specifications

Awarding of a contract to Tetra Tech for the production of plans and specifications for the future road link.

January 2020

May 2021

Land acquisitions

Beginning of negotiations to acquire the plots of land necessary for the project.

February 2021 - March 2022

Funding

Negotiation with the government to obtain a decree to finance the major part of the project. Decree adopted in March 2022.

February 2021 - March 2022

March 23, 2022

Call for tenders

Launch of the public call for tenders for the road link. 

July 2022

Environmental authorizations

Obtaining all government authorizations from the Government of Quebec for the start of work.

July 2022

July 25, 2022

Awarding of the contract

Contract for the construction of the road link awarded to CONSTRUCTION LFG INC. of Carleton-sur-Mer.

FAIR QUESTIONSMOST FREQUENTLY ASKED

Why was a new road needed?

The wind turbine blades that will be transported measure 107 meters, which is the equivalent of 7 semi-trailers long by 3 semi-trailers wide and 3 semi-trailers high. With this dimension, significant adjustments would have been necessary on the existing roads. 

In addition, the convoy will circulate at a speed of 5 km/h; which would have significantly congested the main roads (132 or 198) and could have caused problems for the emergency services. Although the convoy will not circulate every day, we could not subject motorists to such a wait!

OTHERINFOSUSEFUL

Video presentation of the project

Aerial images of the route

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