Laforest Road reconstruction to begin soon

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Allyson Beauregard

LITCHFIELD – Work to relocate the intersection of Laforest Road and Highway 148 is expected to begin soon now that the municipality has secured $353,415 in provincial funding through the local road network assistance program. Pontiac MNA André Fortin announced the funding July 31 at the Litchfield Municipal Office.  
The province will cover 75% of the total cost while the municipality will fund the remaining 25% ($117,804), mainly through its gas tax credit; according to Mayor Colleen Larivière, residents' tax bills will be unaffected. “This project needed to happen; it's such a dangerous corner. [The relocation] should have been done a long time ago,” she said, noting the project has been in the works since 2014 when feasibility studies began. “You always had a hope and prayer that no vehicles were coming when you pulled out onto the highway,” added Fortin.
The intersection will be moved further down the highway toward Vinton and the current one will be blocked off and made into a turn-around for nearby
residents. When taking the exit from the highway, commuters will come to Bank Road, where they can turn left to go into the middle of the village of Campbell's Bay or right to continue along Bank Road. The change means that a portion of Bank Road will also be refurbished and paved.
According to Larivière, the municipality is waiting for one final approval from the CPTAQ before construction can begin, which is expected to last eight
weeks and will hopefully be finished this fall.