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A realization of over $20 million

THE GRAND CHIEF NORTON AND THE MINISTER CHEVRETTE ANNOUNCE THE BEGINNING OF WORK ON THE KAHNAWAKE TRAFFIC CIRCLE

QUÉBEC, December 1, 2000 - The Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, Mr. Joseph Tokwiro Norton, and the Minister of Transport, Minister for Native Affairs and Minister responsible for Wildlife and Parks, Mr. Guy Chevrette, are pleased to announce the beginning of work on the Kahnawake Traffic Circle and the construction of a multipurpose lane on Route 132-138 at the approach to the Honoré-Mercier Bridge in Kahnawake.

The project, in the range of $20 million, includes the rehabilitation of a six-lane highway consisting of two lanes for each direction, one multipurpose lane, and one lane for left turns in both directions. This development will contribute greatly to improving traffic flow and enhancing safety in this sector, as well as significantly reducing the travelling time for all users. Work will begin within the next few weeks and will continue until next autumn.

This project was developed by a joint technical committee and forms a part of the sectoral agreement on Transportation and User Fees concluded between the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake and the Government of Quebec on March 30, 1999. Both parties agreed to review the technical report and implement the necessary measures required to improve the safety conditions along Route 138 and the Kahnawake Traffic Circle.

According to Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton, " The issue of highway safety within our territory has been a longstanding concern for the people of Kahnawake. Through the negotiation and implementation of the Agreement on Transport and User Fees between Quebec and Kahnawake, we feel that we have been able to successfully address these concerns ".

" I am glad to be associated with this project, the culmination of an effective partnership that meets the needs of the public in terms of user safety and management of all traffic demand, in a climate of mutual respect ", Mr. Chevrette concluded.

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SOURCES:

Édith Rochette
Attachée de presse
Cabinet du ministre Guy Chevrette
(418) 643-6980
Chuck Barnett
Agent des relations pubiques
Ententes Québec/Kahnawake
Tél. (450) 632-7500
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