Quebec Autoroute 5

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Not to be confused with Quebec Route 5.

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Autoroute 5
Autoroute de la Gatineau
Route information
Maintained by Transports Québec
Length: 22.1 km[2][1] (13.7 mi)
Existed: 1964[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: King Edward Avenue, Ottawa
  A-50 in Gatineau
North end: Route 105 in Chelsea
Major cities: Gatineau
Highway system

Quebec provincial highways

Route 399 A-10

Autoroute 5 (or A-5, also called Autoroute de la Gatineau) is a short Autoroute in the Outaouais region of western Quebec. It connects the central urban area of Gatineau (formerly Hull) with the recreational areas of Gatineau Park and the exurban rural areas of Chelsea and La Pêche. The southern terminus provides access to the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge, which continues into downtown Ottawa. The A-5 generally has four lanes of traffic (two per direction) with the exception of southernmost section across the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge where A-5 widens to six lanes (three per direction).

Part of Route 148 overlapped A-5 from Autoroute 50 to Saint-Raymond Boulevard until completion of des Allumettières Boulevard in 2007. With the completion of des Allumettières Boulevard, Route 148 was rerouted onto the southern leg of Autoroute 50 and then west towards Aylmer on des Allumettières Boulevard.

There are currently two segments of A-5:

  1. The main segment is a freeway that continues for 21.5 km (13.4 mi) from the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge through the Hull sector of Gatineau to a short access road to Route 105 south of Wakefield.
  2. The second segment, built in 1993, is a short four-lane, at-grade expressway bypass of Wakefield, which overlaps Route 105 and Route 366. The MTQ plans to eliminate the discontinuity between the two segments by 2015.[3] Further extensions of A-5 north of Wakefield have been deemed unnecessary given the current AADT on Route 105.[citation needed]

A 2.5 km (1.6 mi) extension of the southern segment past Tulip Valley, an area of Route 105 that has been the site of multiple fatal incidents in the past, was opened on 4 December 2009 following a $27 million (CA$) extension project.[4][5] Another $115 million 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi) project began in 2010 to connect the south and north segments, completing the carriageway to Wakefield by 2015.[4][6]

Beginning in June 2008, the MTQ began replacing the concrete surface from Ottawa to Saint-Joseph Boulevard with asphalt after multiple incidents in which pieces of concrete broke out from the surface including one that struck the windshield of a vehicle, killing its driver in November 2007. Construction was completed by the end of 2008.

Autoroute 5 is the only Quebec A-class Autoroute to have only 1 digit in its name.

Exit list from south to north[edit]

Municipality km No. Destinations Notes
Macdonald-Cartier Bridge over the Ottawa River
Gatineau 0.3 1 Boulevard Maisonneuve, Boulevard Fournier, downtown Gatineau Southbound exit is part of exit 2
0.8 2 A-50 east / Route 148 east – Montréal Gatineau (downtown) for Southbound
2.6 3 Boulevard du Casino / Boulevard Saint-Raymond, Pontiac Towards westbound Highway 148
4.1 5 Route 105 (Boulevard Saint-Joseph) / Boulevard Mont-Bleu Signed as exits 5-N (north) and 5-S (south) northbound
7.2 8 Boulevard des Hautes-Plaines
Chelsea 11.5 12 Chemin Old Chelsea Northbound exit and southbound entrance
13.5 13 Tenaga / Old Chelsea
21.5 21 Chemin de la Rivière
24 24 Route 105 At grade intersection


  1. ^ a b "Répertoire des autoroutes du Québec" (in French). Transports Québec. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  2. ^ Ministère des Transport: "Distances routières", page 5, Les Publication du Québec, 2005
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b Rogers, Dave (9 December 2009). "New stretch of Hwy. 5 opened". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2009-12-09. [dead link]
  5. ^ Prolongement de l'autoroute 5 en Outaouais
  6. ^ "Un nouveau tronçon est ouvert (A new section is open)" (in French). Radio-Canada. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing