This afternoon, the press was invited to the first shovelful of soil announcing the development of the brand new linear park which will run along Boulevard des Chenaux. Present during the ceremony, the mayor of Trois-Rivières, Jean Lamarche, also unveiled his name, the Coteaux park.
The course will be paved over a length of 2.8 km (and a width of five meters). This is the first provincial project to benefit from the framework agreement between the Union of Quebec Municipalities and Hydro-Quebec. In Trois-Rivières, at least two new bicycle lanes were being studied, namely this one in the north-south axis, between boulevard des Chenaux and rue Lajoie (along the Hydro-Québec towers), as well as the one in the east-west axis, in the wooded area between boulevard des Chenaux and boulevard Parent.
The Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity, Minister responsible for the Mauricie region, and MLA for Trois-Rivières, Jean Boulet, has confirmed that the Quebec government is providing financial assistance of $ 614,250 to the City of Trois-Rivières for the development of the Coteaux park, ie half of the project costs of around $ 1.3 million. He made the announcement on behalf of the Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Estrie region, François Bonnardel.
“I am delighted with the aid granted for the development of active transport in our region”, confided Mr. Boulet. “This financial assistance will have significant repercussions on the quality of life of the population by creating environments favorable to physically active lifestyles, in addition to the project will make people work. It is a unique project that is important for the City of Trois-Rivières. ”
The work should take place over a period of six weeks and will not result in any street closures.
“Trois-Rivières is really into the head bike,” said the president of the Union of Quebec municipalities, Suzanne Roy. “Barely a few months ago, we signed an agreement with to use Hydro-Québec land recreationally, and Trois-Rivières understood and acted very quickly. They had a security vision, a vision for the future. ”