Quebec Autoroute 740
|Maintained by Transports Québec|
|Length:||7.4 km (4.6 mi)|
|Existed:||1975 – present|
|South end:||Route 175 in Quebéc|
| A-440 in Québec
A-40 / A-73 in Québec
|North end:||Boulevard Lebourgneuf in Québec|
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, 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.
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). This new route was intended to provide an alternative to the heavily travelled Boulevard St. Jacques (which it parallels).
||This section contains a table that is missing mileposts for one or more junctions.|
|0.00||0.00||–||Route 175 (Boulevard Laurier)||At-grade intersection|
|–||Boulevard Hachelaga||At-grade intersection|
|3||Chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois / Chemin Sainte-Foy|
|4E||A-440 east (Boulevard Charest) / Boulevard du Versant – Québec Centre-Ville||Exit 15 on A-440|
|4O||A-440 west (Autoroute Charest) to A-40 west / Rue Cyrille-Duquet – Aéroport Jean-Lesage, Pont Pierre-Laporte]]||Exit 15 on A-440|
|6||Rue Jacard / Rue Léon-Harmel / Rue Cyrille-Duquet||Southbound exit and entrance|
|7||Route 138 (Boulevard Wilfred-Hamel)|
|8||Boulevard Pére Leliévre|
|9||A-40 / A-73 – Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Saguenay, Montréal, Pont Pierre-Laporte, Aéroport Jean-Lesage||Signed as exits 9E (east) and 9O (west); exit 310 on A-40 and 73|
|–||Boulevard Lebourgneuf / Boulevard Robert-Bourassa north||At-grade intersection; continues north without designation|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- "Répertoire des autoroutes du Québec" (in French). Transports Québec. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
- Ministère des transports, "Distances routières", page (?), Les Publications du Québec, 2005
- 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
- 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.
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