Quebec Autoroute 50


Quebec Autoroute 50

Autoroute 50 shield

Autoroute 50
Autoroute de l'Outaouais
Route information
Maintained by Transports Québec
Length: 137 km (85 mi)
Two segments:
West: 54 km (33.6 mi)
East: 83 km (51.6 mi)
Existed: 1975[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: Gatineau
 

Quebec Autoroute 5.svgQc105.svgQc148.svg A-5, Route 105, Route 148 in Gatineau (Hull)
Qc344.svg Route 344 in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge

Quebec Autoroute 15.svg A-15 in Mirabel
East end: Qc117.svg Route 117 near Mirabel
Location
Major cities: Gatineau, L'Ange-Gardien, Lachute, Mirabel
Highway system

Quebec provincial highways

A-40 A-55

Autoroute 50 (Autoroute de l'Outaouais) is an Autoroute in western Quebec. Once completed, it will link the Outaouais region to the Greater Montreal area.

Currently, there are two distinct sections of A-50: one section running eastward from the central part of Gatineau to just north of Thurso, and the other section from Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours to Mirabel just beyond an interchange (Route 117) with A-15. It is expected that the gap will be filled by 2012, as a planned two-lane freeway is under construction. Once completed, A-50 will be 159 km (98.8 mi) long and will provide a faster and safer alternative to Route 148.

It was originally envisioned that A-50 would be a long freeway running all the way from L'Isle-aux-Allumettes at the Ontario border all the way to Joliette along the Route 148 and 158 corridors; however, the long extensions are unlikely to ever be constructed, especially in the western part. (The exit numbers are based on that original plan.) Construction was completed in the fall of 2007 on the road that connects Highway 148 west of the Aylmer and Hull sectors to the A-50 at the Boulevard des Allumettières interchange. There are no other plans to connect the two highways as a continuous autoroute.

One short section of Route 158 around Joliette was originally signed as A-50 as well until the project was abandoned. In addition, west of the current terminus, a four-lane at-grade expressway continues as Route 148 into the Aylmer section of Gatineau; it may become part of A-50 in the future.

A-50 is a four- to six-lane freeway through Gatineau up to Buckingham, the remainder is mostly a two-lane freeway. However, there have been demands for a four-lane highway for the new segment so it can be safer. The first two segments were built with only two lanes and a recent multi-fatality accident occurred on highway 148 near Buckingham, a section of highway that A-50 would bypass.[citation needed][2]

There is some support to rename the highway to Autoroute Maurice-Richard after historic Montreal Canadiens hockey player Maurice Richard, but the Commission de toponymie du Québec has chosen to wait until the section between Buckingham and Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours is finished before making a decision.[3]

Contents

Safety improvements

Following a series of fatal collisions in 2007, it was announced that centerline rumble strips would be installed in various no-passing zones along Autoroute 50. This will be the first installation of its kind in Quebec and serve as a pilot project.

Exit list

Note: exit numbers in parentheses are not signed, but are based on kilometre posts.

Municipality No. Intersecting roads Notes
Gatineau (133) Rue Montcalm At-grade intersection
Western terminus of the western segment
134 Boulevard des Allumettières (formerly Boulevard Saint-Laurent) (Qc148.svgRoute 148) Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
135 Quebec Autoroute 5.svgAutoroute 5 (Autoroute de la Gatineau) / Ottawa / Boulevard Maisonneuve (downtown Gatineau)
138 Rue Saint-Louis (Qc307.svgRoute 307)
139 Boulevard Maloney (Qc148.svgRoute 148) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance only
140 Boulevard de la Gappe
141 Boulevard de La Vérendrye Eastbound exit and westbound entrance only
145 Montée Paiement
147 Boulevard Labrosse
150 Boulevard Lorrain (Qc366.svgRoute 366)
154 Boulevard de l'Aéroport
159 Rue des Laurentides
165 Rue Georges Eastbound exit and westbound entrance only
166 Avenue de Buckingham (Qc315.svgRoute 315 & Qc148.svgRoute 148) Transition from 4 to 2 lanes or vice-versa
171 Chemin Lépine
L'Ange-Gardien 174 Chemin Doherty (Qc309.svgRoute 309)
Lochaber - Thurso 187 Qc317.svgRoute 317 Eastern terminus of the western segment
Plaisance 197 Montée Papineau
Papineauville 203 Qc321.svgRoute 321
Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours 210 Qc323.svgRoute 323 Western terminus of the eastern segment
Fassett 216 Montée Fassett
Grenville-sur-la-Rouge 226 Chemin Avoca
233 Chemin Kilmar
239 Chemin Scotch (Qc344.svgRoute 344)
Brownsburg-Chatham 252 Montée Labranche
254 Route du Canton (Qc148.svgRoute 148) Transition from 2 to 4 lanes or vice-versa
Lachute 258 Avenue d'Argenteuil (Qc327.svgRoute 327)
260 Chemin Bethany (Qc148.svgRoute 329) Transition from 4 to 2 lanes or vice-versa
Mirabel 272 Boulevard Arthur-Sauvé
279 Chemin St-Simon
(281) Rue Helen-Bristol At-grade intersection
(283) Rue Louis-Bisson At-grade intersection
285 Mirabel International Airport Transition from 2 to 4 lanes or vice-versa
288 Boulevard Henri-Fabre
292 Quebec Autoroute 15.svgAutoroute 15 (Autoroute des Laurentides)
(293) Boulevard Curé-Labelle (Qc117.svgRoute 117) At-grade intersection
Eastern terminus of the eastern segment

References

Resources

Coordinates: 45°37′31″N 74°20′44″W / 45.6254°N 74.3455°W / 45.6254; -74.3455


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