Quebec Autoroute 740

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Autoroute 740
Autoroute Robert-Bourassa
Route information
Maintained by Transports Québec
Length: 7.4 km[2][1] (4.6 mi)
Existed: 1975[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: Qc175.svg Route 175 / Boulevard Laurier (Université Laval)
  Quebec Autoroute 440.svg A-440
North end: Quebec Autoroute 40.svg A-40
Location
Major cities: Quebec City
Highway system

Quebec provincial highways

A-720 A-955

Autoroute 740 is a Quebec Autoroute in metropolitan Quebec City, Canada. A spur route of Autoroute 40, the A-740 runs for 7.3 km (4.5 mi) on a north-south axis (parallel to the St. Lawrence River through the boroughs of Sainte-Foy–Sillery–Cap-Rouge and Les Rivières, with interchanges at the A-440 at exit 4 and the A-40 at exit 9.

Originally named the Autoroute du Vallon for the 17th century road it replaced,[3] in 2006, the Quebec government under then-Premier Jean Charest renamed the highway Autoroute Robert-Bourassa, in honour of a long serving former Quebec Premier.

Route description[edit]

The A-740 begins at an intersection with Route 175 (Also called Boulevard Laurier) in suburban Sainte-Foy, tracing the western limits of Université Laval along the northbound lanes and Place Sainte-Foy (a regional shopping mall) along the southbound lanes. Once past the university, the A-740 enters a 300 m tunnel, passing under heavily travelled chemin Sainte-Foy and chemin Quatre-Bourgeois. Passing to the west of Cégep de Sainte-Foy, the A-740 approaches the interchange with the A-440 at exit 4. From here, motorists on the A-440 can travel east (which becomes Boulevard Charest) towards the city centre or west to an interchange with the A-40 and A-73, affording access to Jean Lesage International Airport and points south and west.

Continuing north, the A-440 passes to the west of an industrial park, meets Route 138 at exit 7, then crosses the Saint-Charles River to an interchange with Boulevard Père-Lelièvre at exit 8 on the north shore. The autoroute provides the eastern boundary for a municipal park before meeting the A-40/A-73 (a concurrent route) at a cloverleaf interchange. The A-740 ends shortly after the A-40/A-73 interchange, passing to the west of the Galeries de la Capitale (another regional shopping mall) to an intersection with Boulevard Lebourgneuf.

The original plans called for the A-740 to continue northward after the first section opened in 1982, and so the government preserved the autoroute's intended path. Instead, in 2006, an urban boulevard (Boulevard Robert-Bourassa) was opened on this right of way, running for 4.5 km (2.8 mi) from the northern terminus of the A-740 to Route 369 (Boulevard Bastien).[4] This new route was intended to provide an alternative to the heavily travelled Boulevard St. Jacques (which it parallels).

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. ^ Ville de Québec. "Fiche de toponyme". http://www.ville.quebec.qc.ca/culture_patrimoine/patrimoine/toponymie/repertoire/fiche.aspx?IdFiche=9401. Retrieved 9 April 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ Site du premier ministre du Québec. "Le gouvernement du Québec et la Ville de Québec inaugurent le nouveau boulevard Robert-Bourassa". Site du premier ministre du Québec. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google