Highway 19 will be extended 10 kilometres from Highway 440 in Laval to just past Highway 640 in Terrebonne, the Quebec government has announced.
The work on the highway connecting Montreal to the lower Laurentians will be completed in 2015, Premier Jean Charest said during a news conference Monday in Laval.
"It will allow for better fluidity of traffic, more security, more public transport for the north shore and Laval," said Charest.
The plan includes two lanes of traffic plus one lane reserved for public transit in each direction.
A parking lot will also be built just north of Highway 640 to encourage the use of public transit. It will be served by buses, which will ferry commuters to the Cartier Metro station in Laval.
The project will cost about $320 million, said Charest, who was accompanied by Transport Minister Julie Boulet, and Michelle Courchesne, the minister responsible for the Laval region.
Studies and an environmental assessment of the project are expected to be completed in time for construction to start in 2014, Charest said.
The Quebec government has been studying the possibility of completing Highway 19 for nearly 40 years.
The news was welcomed by Laval Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt.
"It is going to connect public transportation to the big sites — [the] Metro and [commuter] trains," he said. "It is going to be great for all the region."