Quebec Autoroute 70

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Autoroute 70
Autoroute du Saguenay
Route information
Maintained by Transports Québec
Length: 24.2 km[2][1] (15.0 mi)
Existed: 1983[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: Route 170 in Saguenay
  Route 372 in Saguenay
Route 175 in Saguenay
East end: Route 170 in Saguenay
Location
Major cities: Saguenay
Highway system

Quebec provincial highways

A-55 A-73

Autoroute 70, or A-70, is a short Autoroute located in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of northern Quebec. It is the only Autoroute that does not connect to any other Autoroutes, although other Autoroutes have discontiguous segments such as A-20 and A-30. A-70 was first created in 1983, and has since been extended three times.

A-70 is 27 km (16.8 mi) long, however extensions are planned in both directions. A-70 is only partially completed; it acts primarily as a bypass route around the urban area of Saguenay. The route was slow to develop; until 2001 it was an extremely short stub, less than 6 km (3.7 mi) long.

It is expected that A-70 will be extended westward to at least Alma and eastward to La Baie. A new alignment has already been determined for the westernmost section of A-70, and the central section (part of Route 170) is already a four-lane divided highway; service roads would need to be constructed as it is not limited access. The proposed route for the eastern section has also been determined.

The ultimate length of A-70 will likely be around 64 km (39.8 mi) in length.

History[edit]

The A-70 was designed to provide a limited-access highway link between Alma and La Baie. The autoroute has been built in increments since the early 1980s. It took nearly ten years for the first eight kilometers to be built. During the 1990s, highway planners modified the plans. Rather than building A-70 to parallel Route 170 between 8e Rang in Saint-Bruno (km 5) and St-Benedict Road (km 25), instead Route 170 was rebuilt as a four-lane divided highway. This extension of A-70 was completed by 1999. Three years later, an additional 17 kilometres were opened, connecting this rebuilt section of Route 170 with the original portion of A-70.

Future[edit]

To date, 19 kilometres (12 mi) of highway remain to be constructed to complete the freeway link between Alma and La Baie. Transports Québec is conducting a feasibility study for the western section while continuing to acquire property to provide a right of way.

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is located in Saguenay, Quebec, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

km mi Exit Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 26 Route 170 (Boulevard du Royaume) / Chemin St-Benoit Road continues west as Route 170
33 Rue St-Hubert – Jonquiere Centre-Ville, Lac-Kenogami
36 Route 372 (Boulevard René-Lévesque) Alsos serves Rue Panet
39 Rue Mathias / Boulevard Mellon
42 Route 170 (Boulevard du Royaume) Signed as exits 42O (west) and 42E (east) westbound
45 Boulevard Saint-Paul
19.00 11.81 47 Route 175 (Boulevard Talbot) – Chicoutimi, Québec
Route 170 (Boulevard du Royaume) – La Baie Eastern terminus at temporary at-grade intersection to be replaced with a future interchange
Chemin de la Grande-Anse Current at-grade intersection with Route 170 to be replaced with a future interchange[3]
24.20 15.04 Route 170 east (Chemin Saint-Anicet) – Aéroport Bagotville Future eastern terminus and continuation as Route 170
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Unopened

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. ^ Future interchange

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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