Half million dollar Bois-Franc roadwork underway

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Allyson Beauregard

MANSFIELD – Pontiac MNA Andre Fortin held a press conference at

Allyson Beauregard

MANSFIELD – Pontiac MNA Andre Fortin held a press conference at
the corner of Bois-Franc and Promenade du Parc-des-Chutes roads, September 11, to officially mark the start of the first of three phases to repair the Bois-Franc Road. Ninety percent of the $505,893 investment came from the provincial government; the remainder was collected from the MRC Pontiac, Mansfield, and private enterprises. 
“This multi-resource road is not only used for forestry,” said Fortin, who stressed it is also used by hunters, fishermen, residents, cottagers, and businesses. With the first phase (from km 54 upwards) of the work underway, the tenders for phase two (from km 18 to 30) and phase three (from km 30 to 42) will be issued soon, with work expected to start in November. The work includes replacing culverts, stone dust and more.
MRC Pontiac Warden Raymond Durocher said work on the Bois-Franc Road has been a long-time priority of the MRC and Mansfield. “More work will hopefully come,” he said, noting the current work is only a fraction of the
$2 million in funding the MRC requested from the provincial government.
The investment was made under the Multi-Resource Access Road Cost Reimbursement Program (PRCM), Part 2.