Bypass : the mayor of Lac-Mégantic welcomed the announcement of Ottawa

News 23 January, 2018
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    The mayor of Lac-Mégantic, Julie Morin

    Matthew Payen

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018 15:51

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018 15:51

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    The mayor of Lac-Mégantic is estimated that the announcement of the federal Transport minister, Marc Garneau is a “big step” towards the construction of a bypass route of the railway.

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    “For us, the minister’s announcement this morning is great news for the Méganticois. It is very moving, ” says mayor Julie Morin, who is currently in Montreal to attend the Summit of the energy.

    Ms. Morin said in a press briefing that the cabinet of the minister, Garneau, had called in the morning to tell him that the federal government would invest a sum of “material” to build a bypass.

    “It’s been five years that we are fighting for this bypass route, and today we finally have the message of hope we needed,” added the mayor. We will finally be able to think of the development of our city center without the train. “

    The tragedy of Lac-Mégantic had been 47 victims of the July 6, 2013 when a train carrying oil was derailed in the centre of the city, causing an explosion.

    The mayor recalled that, since that time, the train continues to spend two to three times per day in Lac-Mégantic. “In addition to the trauma experienced by the Méganticois, it is a constant danger for us,” says Ms. Morin.

    This ensures that Lac-Mégantic will continue to work to go get money from the provincial government to make this project is evaluated at $ 130 million to be achievable. “We also hope that a deadline will be fixed soon “, adds the mayor, who speaks of a work is to start around 2021 or 2022.