Quebec, Beaconsfield open talks to build sound barrier on A-20

WATCH ABOVE: Beaconsfield Mayor Georges Bourelle says the city is one step closer to building a sound barrier on the south side of Autoroute 20 after a meeting earlier this week with Transport Minister Robert Poeti. Global’s Elysia Bryan-Baynes reports.

BEACONSFIELD – Things could be getting a lot quieter in in Beaconsfield soon.

Quebec Transport Minister Robert Poeti met with Beaconsfield Mayor Georges Bourelle to discuss a project to build a sound barrier on the south side of Autoroute 20.

“I am very satisfied with the meeting we had,” said Bourelle in a statement.

“This is the first time in 30 years that we have had an opportunity to meet with the Minister of Transport on this issue, and the results are encouraging and promising.”

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The Quebec government proposed using a cost-sharing formula that will reduce the city’s bill to $5 million of the $20.5 million cost.

The Ministry’s rules normally require municipalities to match provincial funding amounts, but because of the gradual transformation of the autoroute into a highway, the increased speed limit and traffic, the province agreed to increase its share of the cost.

“We will consult residents, debate with transparency and decide bearing in mind the common good of our community,” said Bourelle.

The sound barrier will cost $20.5 million.

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