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Two Sûréte du Quebec officers pose for a photo during the inauguration ceremony for a newly completed section of Highway 50, linking Grenville to Montebello. (Photo: Tara Kirkpatrick)

Councils ask for guard rail divider on two-lane sections of Autoroute 50

Municipal governments want Québec’s transportation department to install a dividing guard rail along what has been called a dangerous section of Autoroute 50 in Argenteuil.

Grenville-sur-la-Rouge council, and the council of the Municipalité régional de comté d’Argenteuil have each adopted the resolution requesting the Ministère des transports du Québec (MTQ) to install a wire guard rail on steel posts down the middle of the two-lane sections of Autoroute 50 across both the territory of the MRC and Grenville-sur-la-Rouge.

Except for the section of highway bypassing Lachute and a couple of other intermittent divided sections, Autoroute 50 is a two-way, two-lane highway which crosses the MRC d’Argenteuil region; the highway has been the scene of several serious and fatal collisions in recent years.

In 2020, the MTQ installed the wire guard rail as a pilot project on another dangerous section of Autoroute 50 between Route 309 and the beginning of the four-lane highway near Buckingham.

Grenville-sur-la Rouge Mayor Tom Arnold said that the municipality and the MRC now want the same type of barrier installed locally.

In September 2020, the MTQ announced it was seeking proposals from contractors to begin the multi-year process of making Autoroute 50 a fully divided, four-lane highway between Mirabel and Buckingham beginning in 2022.

James Morgan

James Morgan is a freelance contributor. He has worked for several print and broadcast media outlets. James loves the history, natural beauty, and people of eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

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