Start of public consultation on the Lac-Mégantic bypass
Comments sought through Feb. 4; two scheduled appointments
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LAC-MÉGANTIC, Quebec — In the final stage of the construction process for a new rail bypass around Lac-Mégantic and surrounding communities, Transport Canada will initiate public consultation on the project starting today (21 January 2022).
Until February 4, residents are invited to comment in writing on the bypass plan, including comments on “the project’s main structures, construction activities, committees and means of communication with stakeholders and communities. , and railway operations”, according to A press release.
Two online information sessions are also scheduled for residents on January 27 to learn more about the project and ask questions – one from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and another from 6:30 to 9 p.m. More information for those interested in participating is available at this page on the Transport Canada website.
The 8-mile bypass will carry the Canadian Pacific mainline around the community devastated by the 2013 Lac-Mégantic disaster. It is funded by the governments of Canada and Quebec.
“The Lac-Mégantic bypass is a priority for the Government of Canada,” Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said in a statement. “We will continue to make every effort to carry out the project, always taking into account the needs of the communities of Lac-Mégantic, Nantes and Frontenac. I invite the community to participate in this consultation, which will allow us to obtain your comments on the implementation of the next stages of the project, including the construction and operation of the future railway line.