West Quebec MNAs push for Highway 50 widening as death toll mounts
6 west Quebec MNAs asking province to widen highway where 8 deadly collisions took place
Just six days prior to the collision on Highway 50 that killed a man on Sunday morning, six MNAs from west Quebec urged Minister of Transport Laurent Lessard to make the widening of the highway a "regional priority."
Highway 50, which connects the Ottawa-Gatineau region to Montreal, has been the scene of eight fatalities since it opened in 2012.
- 7 deaths on undivided stretch of Highway 50 east of Gatineau since 2013
Statistics show that traffic flow has doubled in some sections of the highway since its opening, according to Iracà. He said about 75 kilometres of the highway should be expanded, which is estimated to cost about $113 million.
The signatories of the letter are Alexandre Iracà (Papineau), Stéphanie Vallée (Gatineau), Maryse Gaudreau (Hull), Marc Carrière (Chapleau), André Fortin (Pontiac) and Yves St-Denis (Argenteuil).
Iracà said the letter is a "good start" and the beginning of a long process ahead.
"Minister Laurent Lessard is very sensitive to the safety of road users and has been very attentive to our request," he said in a French statement last Friday.
On Monday, Lessard issued a statement saying the ministry is closely following the growth of traffic on Highway 50, and has taken numerous steps to improve its safety since 2012.
"Every death on our roads is one too many, and we regret the accident that took place this weekend," he said in the statement, also in French.