Government of Canada invests in transportation infrastructure at Port of MontréalStaff Writer | May 15, 2018
Port of MontréalMarc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced major funding of $45.8 million for road infrastructure in the City of Montréal adjacent to the Port of Montréal.
Canada The investment will improve the fluidity and efficiency
The project provides a direct link between the Port of Montreal and highway to reduce congestion on Notre-Dame Street and ensure containers continually move from the terminals.
The work will involve extending De l'Assomption Boulevard between Notre-Dame and Pierre-de-Coubertin streets, making it possible to connect a new road at the port exit to the future extension of Souligny Avenue.
A road link will be created between the port and the Trans-Canada highway. The project is expected to have significant economic and employment benefits by creating approximately 460 jobs during construction.
Canada's trade with the Pacific Rim is no longer limited to the west coast: in 2006, trade with Asia in 2006 was a small part of the Port of Montreal's market, by 2016, it represented 25% of traffic at the port. This project will improve the efficiency and capacity of the Port of Montréal and the connected trade corridor, to strengthen Canada'scompetitiveness.
At rush hour, nearly 3,500 vehicles transit to the Dickson and Notre-Dame intersection.
The three container terminals in the east of Montréal generate nearly 3,600 daily truck movements.
In 2017, total international merchandise trade amounted to $1.1 trillion. The United States continued to be Canada's top trade partner, with $703 billion in trade ($415 billion exported, $288 billion imported), accounting for 63.5 per cent of total Canadian trade in 2017. ■