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The roadway maintenance deficit at the Ministry of Transport reaches $10 billion.

Half of Quebec's roads in poor condition, says the VGQ

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The road maintenance deficit at the Ministry of Transportation reaches $10 billion.

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Potholes, orange cones, detours, traffic slowdowns, the patience of Quebec motorists will continue to be put to the test in the coming years.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">According to a report from the Auditor General of Quebec (VGQ) tabled Thursday in the National Assembly, a significant proportion of roadways have reached the end of their lifespan [. ..], but the conservation work carried out is insufficient.

For 5 years, approximately half of Quebec's 31,000 km of roads remain in poor condition despite billions invested.

According to VGQ calculations, the deficit in maintaining road network assets is growing. From 2018 to 2022, it increased by $3 billion, reaching $10 billion, or more than a quarter of the deficit for all of Quebec's public infrastructure, it is specified.

At the rate at which the MTMD is currently carrying out its reconstruction and major rehabilitation work, the restoration of the state of these roadways will take more than 25 years

A quote from Guylaine Leclerc, VGQ

The VGQ recommends in particular determining indicators, projection models and targets that will allow the ministry to evaluate the required investment levels.

This The VGQ's report comes a few weeks after the publication of another report, this time prepared by the Public Procurement Authority (AMP).

Lack of rigor and competence, lack of consultation between teams, significant risk-taking, the AMP has targeted significant shortcomings in the management of contracts at the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility (MTMD) which are costly to taxpayers and which can have repercussions on security.

After more than 200 meetings and the analysis of more than 2,500 contracts, the AMP published at the beginning of November a 135-page report in which it notes in particular deficiencies linked to the inspection of bridges.

The work of the AMP in recent years has demonstrated that inspection programs do not make it possible to detect major problems and these are ultimately only noticed during fortuitous events.

The road network is by far the infrastructure park which displays the highest asset maintenance deficit in Quebec, well beyond that of schools and hospitals. Huge investments are planned over the coming years.

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