Quebec Autoroute 85

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Autoroute 85
Autoroute Claude-Béchard
Route information
Maintained by Transports Québec
Length: 58.0 km[2][1] (36.0 mi)
Existed: 2005[1] – present
Major junctions
North end: A-20 (TCH) near Rivière-du-Loup
  Rue Fraserville, Rivière-du-Loup
South end: Route 2 (TCH) in Dégelis
Major cities: Rivière-du-Loup & Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac
Highway system

Quebec provincial highways

A-73 Route 101

Autoroute 85 is a Quebec Autoroute and part of the Trans-Canada Highway in the province's Bas-Saint-Laurent region. It is currently under construction with committed Federal and Provincial funding for its completion, with an estimated completion date of 2025.[3] Running between Rivière-du-Loup (at a junction with Autoroute 20) and a junction with New Brunswick Route 2 at the Quebec-New Brunswick border, the A-85 when complete will be the only controlled access highway link between the Maritime Provinces and the rest of the country. The A-85 is projected to be approximately 100 km (60 mi) long when construction is complete and is intended to replace Route 185, which has been called one of the deadliest highways in Canada.[4]

Currently there are two completed sections of the A-85. Constructed in 1970, the first section runs from Saint-Antonin (km 87) to a junction with the A-20 at Notre-Dame-du-Portage (km 100). Originally signed as Route 185 when built, it was designed as A-85 in 2005 following extensive rehabilitation. The second, newer section extends from the New Brunswick border (km 0) to Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! (km 48). Construction began in 2002 in the vicinity of Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac and continues to the present day.


Autoroute Claude-Bechard[edit]


The A-85 begins at the Quebec-New Brunswick border as the continuation of New Brunswick Route 2 and the Trans-Canada Highway. In 2010, the Quebec government announced that the A-85 would be named for Claude Béchard, a longtime Member of the National Assembly from Bas-Saint-Laurent.[5]

From the New Brunswick border, the A-85 briefly parallels the main runway of the Edmundston Airport, which straddles the interprovincial border. The A-85 travels in a northwesterly direction, following the course of the Madawaska River. The autoroute passes Dégelis to the west with exits at km 12, km 14, and km 15. Briefly skirting the south shore of Lake Témiscouata, the A-85 passes through Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, with exits at km 29, km 37, and km 40 (which provides access to Parc nationale Lac-Témiscouata). At Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! (km 48), the controlled-access highway ends and the route resumes its designation as Route 185.

The second section of the A-85 begins in Saint-Antonin with exits at km 89, km 90, and km 93 as it traverses the Saint Lawrence Lowlands. Exit 93 provides access to Route 191 which bypasses Rivière-du-Loup to the south and provides the most direct route for motorists bound for Rimouski, Mont-Joli, and Gaspésie via eastbound A-20. After one last exit (km 97), the A-85 merges with westbound A-20 at the Saint Lawrence River. Westbound A-20 assumes the Trans-Canada Highway designation, continuing on to Québec City and Montréal, then to either Toronto and Windsor via the A-20 and Ontario Highway 401, or Ottawa via the A-40 and Ontario Highway 417.

Construction history[edit]

Construction History
km Year Notes
0-8 2014 New Brunswick (TCH 2.svg Route 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 2015 South of Témiscouata-sur-le-lac (Notre-Dame-du-Lac)
29-30 2002 Témiscouata-sur-le-lac (Notre-Dame-du-Lac)
30-36 2014 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.svgTCH-blank.svg Autoroute 20/Trans-Canada Highway West (Historic section of Route 185)
Autoroute 85 in Rivière-du-Loup looking North towards the Saint Lawrence River

Exit List[edit]

Autoroute 85/Trans-Canada Highway Quebec Autoroute 85.svgTCH-blank.svg
County Location km Exit Destinations Notes
Témiscouata Dégelis 0.0 Québec-New Brunswick Border, Quebec Autoroute 85.svgTCH-blank.svg Autoroute 85 connects to TCH 2.svg Route 2 in New Brunswick
1 Avenue de la Madawaska Northbound exit and entrance;
Saint-Jacques Airport (NB), Irving Gas & Service Centre
7 Traverse Johnny-Griffin
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) 24 Chemin du Lac, Packington
29 Saint-Eusèbe, Notre-Dame-du-Lac, Rue de l'Église
30 Rue Commerciale Nord
33 Montée du détour
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
Route 185/Trans-Canada Highway Qc185.svgTCH-blank.svg Between km 48 and 86
Autoroute 85/Trans-Canada Highway Quebec Autoroute 85.svgTCH-blank.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.svgTCH-blank.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
  3. ^ Autoroute Claude-Béchard (85) - Réaménagement de la route 185 en autoroute
  4. ^ Lessard, Denis. "L'autoroute Claude-Béchard: comme si c'était fait". La Presse (Montreal). Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Lessard, Denis (2010). "L'autoroute Claude-Béchard: comme si c'était fait". La Presse. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

KML is from Wikidata
Preceded by
Quebec Autoroute 20.svgTCH-blank.svg Autoroute 20
TCH blank.svg Trans-Canada Highway
Quebec Autoroute 85.svg Autoroute 85
Succeeded by
Qc185.svgTCH-blank.svg Route 185