Quebec targets infrastructure spending after scathing report

Oct 26, 2007 | 09:03 AM | Michael Cowden

Canadian authorities have announced plans to spend billions to upgrade infrastructure in the wake of a scathing report on the causes of a deadly bridge collapse in Laval, Quebec.

About Canadian $11.6 billion ($12 billion) will be doled out over the next four to five years to repair and maintain bridges, roads and other structures in Quebec, a spokesman for the province's Ministry of Transportation said. "It's a large, large program."

The provincial government also is considering legislation that would create a new agency dedicated exclusively to managing Quebec's bridges and overpasses, taking charge of about 4,400 bridges in cities with populations of less than 100,000. The ministry would retain control over roads.....

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