Route 117: “It is time that we wake up to the ministry of Transport”

News 19 January, 2018
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    While the widening of route 117 is still waiting, a man whose spouse has been the victim of a serious accident at the beginning of the month press the department of Transport, sustainable Mobility and the Electrification of the transport act.

    The 2 of January last, the wife of Marc Coiteux was seriously injured in an accident that also claimed the life of a man in his seventies on route 117, Labelle, a road that many consider dangerous.

    “It is a road for the people of the Hautes-Laurentides, which is extremely perilous, especially in winter,” has told in interview to the issuance of The 9 hours the one who has taken this road dozens of times.

    Highway 117 is the only road link between the Hautes-Laurentides and Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Hence it is used by thousands of motorists, but also by many truck drivers. However, the stretch of sixty miles between the Red River and Mont-Laurier could be particularly problematic.

    According to the committee, SOS 117, established in 2004, 26 fatal accidents have occurred from 2010 to 2016, and 37 people were reportedly injured seriously.

    “In proportion, it is probably the stretch the most dangerous of all the roads of Quebec”, adds Marc Coiteux, who, with his father, wrote a letter to the ministry of Transport in the hope that the planned works are eventually carried out.

    In 2011, quebec will be committed to widening of the road, but would have changed her mind in 2015, when Robert Poëti minister of Transport.

    “He returned to us, telling us: “You know, with the zero deficit, we are a little bit forced to put it all on the ice. We are going to secure some places.””