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Repaving for Vaudreuil-Dorion’s notorious Route Harwood


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols (third from right) and Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon (centre) reviewed the current state of Route Harwood with town councillors (left to right) Paul M. Normand, Céline Chartier, Rénald Gabriele, Claude Beaudoin, Robert A. Laurence, Gabriel Parent, and Vignoble Côte de Vaudreuil owner Serge Primi before announcing repaving work to be done over the next 16 weeks.

The potholes, bumps, cracks, and broken asphalt that comprise Route Harwood between Highway 40 and Highway 20 are about to disappear in a paving project slated to begin before the end of September. MNA for Vaudreuil Marie-Claude Nichols made the announcement at a press conference held Wednesday, September 6, at Vignoble Côte de Vaudreuil.

“It is my pleasure to bring highly anticipated good news,” said Nichols as she announced that the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l'Électrification des transports is providing up to $2,158,846 in financial aid to the city of Vaudreuil-Dorion for the paving project. The total cost of the project is $4,317,691 with the town taking responsibility for 50 per cent of the cost. Nichols said the 8.9 kilometres of newly paved road will ensure the safety of drivers and is part of the Rehabilitation of Local Roads Network Program, an accelerated investment in the local road network.

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

The Route Harwood paving project announcement made Wednesday, September 6 was a joyful moment for Vaudreuil–Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon.

“I feel good!” sang Mayor Guy Pilon as he danced to the beat of the James Brown classic on his way to the podium. “We have been waiting for this announcement for many years,” he said.

“In 2016, it was on the list of most damaged highways of the Montérégie,” he added. The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) of Quebec 2016 Worst Roads List pegged it in third place on a list of three for the Montérégie region, behind fellow dubious award-winners in Ormstown and Saint-Hyacinthe.

Mayor Pilon said the work would be done in the most ecological and economical way possible.

“They will be using a machine that lifts the old asphalt, recycles it, and reuses it as paving,” said Pilon referring to a type of cold recycling process.

The paving project is expected to last for 16 weeks.

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