Quebec Autoroute 85

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Autoroute 85
Autoroute Claude-Béchard
Route information
Maintained by Transports Québec
Length: 13.0 km[2][1] (8.1 mi)
Existed: 2005[1] – present
Major junctions
North end: Quebec Autoroute 20.svgTrans-Canada Highway shield.svg near Rivière-du-Loup
  Rue Fraserville, Rivière-du-Loup
South end: Qc185.svgTrans-Canada Highway shield.svg near Saint-Antonin
Major cities: Rivière-du-Loup & Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac
Highway system

Quebec provincial highways

A-73 Route 101

Autoroute 85 is a highway in Quebec that connects Rivière-du-Loup and the Quebec-New Brunswick border. It intertwines with Route 185, but this is slowly changing as sections of the 185 are upgraded to autoroute standards. The reason for these long needed upgrades is partly because Route 185 is infamously known as one of the deadliest roads in Canada and Quebec.

Although Autoroute 85 is part of the Trans-Canada Highway, it is considered a North/South axis by Transport Quebec, because it runs perpendicular to the Saint Lawrence River.


The first section of Autoroute 85 (94 to 100 km) was built in 1972 during the construction of Autoroute 20 and Route 185. The northern half of that portion (86 to 94 km) was built to autoroute standards but was only signed as Route 185. It wasn't until December 9, 2005, when the first portion of the autoroute was extended, rehabilitated, and resigned as Autoroute 85.

Construction History
km Year Notes
0-8 2014 New Brunswick (TCH 2.svgRoute 2) to Kilometre 8
8-14 2013 Kilometre 8 to Dégelis
14-15 2004 Dégelis
15-22 2013 Dégelis to Témiscouata-sur-le-lac (Notre-Dame-du-Lac)
22-29 Under Construction South of Témiscouata-sur-le-lac (Notre-Dame-du-Lac)
29-30 2002 Témiscouata-sur-le-lac (Notre-Dame-du-Lac)
30-36 Under Construction Témiscouata-sur-le-lac (Notre-Dame-du-Lac to Cabano)
36-38 2009 Témiscouata-sur-le-lac (Cabano)
38-44 2011 Témiscouata-sur-le-lac (Cabano) to St-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!
44-48 2009 St-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!
86-94 2005 3e Rang in St-Antonin to Rivière-du-Loup (Route 185 converted to autoroute standards)
94-100 1972 From Rivière-du-Loup to Quebec Autoroute 20.svgTrans-Canada Highway shield.svg Autoroute 20/Trans-Canada Highway West (Historic section of Route 185)

Current status[edit]

Autoroute 85 in Rivière-du-Loup looking North towards the Saint Lawrence River

Although some of the new Autoroute 85 sections have been built at a steady pace since 2006, progress has going almost at a snail's pace, but there are plans by the MTQ for phase 2 of the 85 to be completed by Dec. 2015. Some of these new alignments of the four-lane divided highway are currently in the works, however some of them are proving to be quite a challenge.

Currently, Autoroute 85 begins in Saint-Antonin (87 km) and ends 13 km further north at Autoroute 20 near Notre-Dame-du-Portage (100 km). Two small sections of Route 185 have already been converted into autoroute standards near the areas of Dégelis and Notre-Dame-du-Lac. A stretch of 12.2 km between Cabano-Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! northbound lanes has been open since August 23, 2011, including a 6.4 km section which also has been open to traffic since the fall of 2009. The southbound lanes have been open since August 26, 2011. This puts an end to the phase which was to redevelop sections of Dégelis, Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac Saint-Louis-du-Ha!-Ha! and Saint Antonin. The section between the New Brunswick border and Cabano (Phase 2) is currently under construction. In 2011, the section between Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! and Saint Antonin (Phase 3) obtained the government order to commence construction.

Once the upgrade of Route 185 is complete, the length will be reduced by more than half of its former length (about 50 km or so)[citation needed]. Transport Quebec could also decommission Route 185 in its entirety and rename the former parts to another route number. However, the fact is that Autoroute 85 will sport a complete length from start to finish of about 100 km, and it will connect Route 2 in New Brunswick to Autoroute 20 near Rivière-du-Loup. At the same time, the Trans-Canada Highway will officially become a continuous divided controlled access highway between Arnprior, Ontario (Highway 417) to Sutherland's River, Nova Scotia (Route 104). In addition, if Ontario's Highway 401 is taken to Windsor instead of Highway 417 this will also complete an even longer inter-provincial freeway spanning four provinces, increasing the total divided highway length by more than 2000 km.

Like most other Quebec autoroutes that have been officially designated names from famous deceased members of Quebec politics, the Quebec government and Transport Quebec have dedicated Autoroute 85 in honour of Claude Béchard, a deceased Quebec politician from Kamouraska-Témiscouata.

Exit List[edit]

Qc185.svgTrans-Canada Highway shield.svg Route 185/TCH (future A-85/TCH) Quebec Autoroute 85.svgTrans-Canada Highway shield.svg
County Location km Exit Destinations Notes
Témiscouata Dégelis 0.0 Québec-New Brunswick Border, Qc185.svgTrans-Canada Highway shield.svg Route 185/TCH connects to TCH 2.svg Route 2 in New Brunswick
?? Saint-Jacques Airport (NB), Irving Gas & Service Centre Unopened
?? Traverse Johnny-Griffin Unopened
12 Qc295.svg Route 295, Dégelis, 7e Rue, Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande, Saint-Juste-du-Lac, Rue Industrielle, Avenue Principale
14 Qc295.svg Route 295, Dégelis, 7e Rue, Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande, Saint-Juste-du-Lac, Packington, Avenue Principale Nord
Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac (Notre-Dame-du-Lac) ?? Route Saint-Benoit, Chemin du Lac, Rue commerciale Under Construction
29 Saint-Eusèbe, Notre-Dame-du-Lac, Rue de l'Église
30 Rue Commerciale Nord
?? Eastbound-Westbound Transfer Loop Under Construction
Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac (Cabano) 37 Qc232.svg Route 232 West, Rue Parc-Industriel, Pohénégamook, Rivière-Bleue
40 Qc232.svg Route 232 East, Rue du Domaine, Rimouski, Saint-Michel-du-Squatec
Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! 47 Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, Saint-Elzéar-de-Témiscouata Rue Raymond
Autoroute 85/Trans-Canada Highway Quebec Autoroute 85.svgTrans-Canada Highway shield.svg
County Location km Exit Destinations Notes Coordinates
Rivière-du-Loup Saint-Antonin 89 Saint-Antonin, Rue Principale 47°46′56″N 69°27′53″W / 47.782232°N 69.464825°W / 47.782232; -69.464825 (Exit 89)
90 Saint-Modeste, Saint-Antonin, 1st Rank Southbound only 47°47′22″N 69°28′32″W / 47.789475°N 69.475662°W / 47.789475; -69.475662 (Exit 90)
Rivière-du-Loup 93 Quebec Autoroute 20.svg A-20 East, Qc191.svg Route 191, Rivière-du-Loup, Boulevard Industriel, Rimouski 47°48′31″N 69°30′14″W / 47.808716°N 69.503953°W / 47.808716; -69.503953 (Exit 93)
96 Ch. Fraserville, Rivière-du-Loup 47°48′49″N 69°32′00″W / 47.81358°N 69.5332°W / 47.81358; -69.5332 (Exit 96)
98 Halte Routière de Fraserville Northbound only 47°48′39″N 69°33′06″W / 47.810705°N 69.55175°W / 47.810705; -69.55175 (Halte Routière de Fraserville)
Notre-Dame-du-Portage 100 Quebec Autoroute 20.svgTrans-Canada Highway shield.svg A-20/TCH West, Quebec City Northbound only 47°47′30″N 69°34′40″W / 47.791708°N 69.577661°W / 47.791708; -69.577661 (Extreme North)


  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

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

Preceded by
Quebec Autoroute 20.svgTrans-Canada Highway shield.svgAutoroute 20
TCH blank.svg Trans-Canada Highway
Autoroute 85
Succeeded by
Qc185.svgTrans-Canada Highway shield.svgRoute 185