Quebec Autoroute 35

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Autoroute 35
Autoroute de la Vallée-des-Forts
Route information
Maintained by Transports Québec
Length: 19.2 km[2][3][1] (11.9 mi)
Existed: 1966[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: Route 133 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
  Route 104 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
North end: A-10 in Chambly
Location
Major cities: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Highway system

Quebec provincial highways

A-31 A-40
"Autoroute 35" redirects here. For the French autoroute from Lauterbourg to Saint-Louis, see A35 autoroute.

Autoroute 35 (A-35) is an Autoroute in the region of Montérégie, Quebec. Constructed in the 1960s, the A-35 links Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu with Montreal via the A-10. The A-35 is also the primary route for traffic between Montreal and Boston, although it ends 37.9 km (23.5 mi) short of the U.S. border. South of its current terminus in Iberville, the A-35 continues as two-lane Route 133 (which becomes four-lane divided 6.5 km (4.0 mi) north of the border) to the border. An extension of A-35 to meet Interstate 89 at Saint-Armand will complete a nearly 500 km (310.7 mi) limited-access highway link between Montreal and Boston.[4] It is scheduled to open in 2017.

Like many Quebec Autoroutes, the A-35 also has a name: Autoroute de la Vallée-des-Forts (Forts Valley Motorway). The name refers to a chain of forts built by the French in the Richelieu Valley during the 17th and 18th centuries to defend their colonial settlements from the Iroquois. Previously, the A-35 was known as Autoroute de la Nouvelle-Angleterre (New England Motorway), referring to its role as a link between Quebec and New England.

History[edit]

First constructed in the 1960s, A-35 is currently a 19.2 km (11.9 mi) long, 4-lane spur route linking Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to Autoroute 10. By 1966, 16 km (9.9 mi) connecting the A-10 in Chambly with Route 104 in Iberville were opened to traffic. The final 3 km (1.9 mi) of A-35 from Route 104 to its current terminus with Route 133 were completed in 1967. Completion of the entire length of A-35 had been scheduled for that year in time for Expo 67, but the province instead focused on expediting construction of autoroutes and approach roads to the Expo site.[5]

For many years, the A-35 featured at-grade intersections with St-Raphael Road and St-Andre Road in Saint-Luc. These intersections were closed in 1999; the St-Andre Road intersection was converted into a partial cloverleaf interchange, while St-Raphael Road was dead-ended on either side of the A-35.

Future[edit]

A federal-provincial funding agreement is providing for the completion of the A-35 to the U.S. border. The project's objectives are to improve economic links between Quebec and New England, reduce traffic on Route 133 (which is ill-equipped for the traffic it currently carries), and improve quality of life in the region.[6]

Construction of the A-35 extension began in 2009 between Saint-Alexandre and Saint-Sébastien. Construction of the 37.9 km extension is divided into four segments. The first section (first two segments) of new highway between Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Highway 133 to Saint-Sébastien is currently scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. According to current planning, it is expected that the entire extension will be open to traffic in 2017. Once completed, the length of A-35 will increase to 55 km (34.2 mi).

Exit list[edit]

Interchanges are listed from south to north.

Location km No. Destinations Notes
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu 0.0 Current southern terminus of Quebec Autoroute 35.svg A-35.
A-35 south defaults onto Qc133.svg Route 133 south.
Southern terminus of Quebec Autoroute 35.svg A-35/Qc133.svg Route 133 concurrency.
37 (was 1) Qc133.svg Route 133 north (Boulevard d'Iberville) Southbound only.
39 (was 3) Qc104.svg Route 104 east
Eastern terminus of Quebec Autoroute 35.svg A-35/Qc104.svg Route 104 concurrency.
Northern terminus of Quebec Autoroute 35.svg A-35/Qc133.svg Route 133 concurrency.
A-35/Route 104 overlap continues.
42 (was 6) Qc133.svg Route 133 north (Chemin des Patriotes)
43 (was 7) Qc223.svg Route 223 (Boulevard du Séminaire)
45 (was 9) Qc219.svg Route 219 (Rue Pierre-Caisse)
Western terminus of Quebec Autoroute 35.svg A-35/Qc104.svg Route 104 concurrency.
47 (was 11) Qc104.svg Route 104 west (Boulevard St-Luc) to Qc223.svg Route 223
50 (was 14) Chemin St-André
Carignan-Chambly boundary 19.2 55 (was 18) Quebec Autoroute 10.svg A-10/Rue Brunelle
Northern terminus of Quebec Autoroute 35.svg A-35.
Roadway continues north as Boulevard Fréchette.

Proposed interchanges[edit]

Exits are listed from south to north. Exit numbers are based on the distance from the future southern terminus of A-35 at the Canada-United States border. For more information including maps, timetables etc., please consult the "Transport Quebec Autoroute 35 - Completion" external link listed below

Location km No. Destinations Notes
Saint-Armand 0.0 Canada – United States border
Future southern terminus of Quebec Autoroute 35.svg A-35.
Will continue as I-89.svg I-89 south.
3 Saint-Armand south exit (Chemin de St-Armand)
6 Qc133.svg Saint-Armand north exit (Route 133/Chemin Champlain)
Saint-Sébastien 15 Qc133.svg Saint-Sébastien exit (Route 133) Opening late 2014
Saint-Alexandre 28 Qc227.svg Saint-Alexandre exit (Route 227, Rang des Dussault) Opening late 2014
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu 36 Grande-Ligne exit (Chemin de la Grande-Ligne) Opening late 2014
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu 37 Qc133.svg Iberville exit (Route 133)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Répertoire des autoroutes du Québec" (in French). Transports Québec. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  2. ^ Ministère des transports, "Distances routières", page (?), Les Publications du Québec, 2005
  3. ^ A-35 at Exitlists.com
  4. ^ "Autoroute 35 - Completion". Transports-Quebec. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Vallee des Forts Autoroute". MontrealRoads.net. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Autoroute 35-Completion". Transports-Quebec. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing