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Autoroute 5 (A-5, also known as the Autoroute de la Gatineau) is a short Autoroute in the Outaouais region of western Quebec. It connects the central urban area of Gatineau (formerly Hull) with the recreational areas of Gatineau Park and the exurban rural areas of Chelsea and La Pêche. The southern terminus provides access to the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge, which continues into downtown Ottawa. The A-5 generally has four lanes of traffic (two per direction) with the exception of southernmost section across the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge where A-5 widens to six lanes (three per direction).

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Autoroute 5
Autoroute de la Gatineau
Route information
Maintained by Transports Québec
Length22.1 km[2][1] (13.7 mi)
Existed1964[1]–present
Major junctions
South endKing Edward Avenue in Ottawa, ON
  A-50 in Gatineau
North end Route 105 / Route 366 in Wakefield
Location
Major citiesGatineau
Highway system
Quebec provincial highways
Route 399A-10

Part of Route 148 overlapped A-5 from Autoroute 50 to Saint-Raymond Boulevard until completion of des Allumettières Boulevard in 2007. With the completion of des Allumettières Boulevard, Route 148 was rerouted onto the southern leg of Autoroute 50 and then west towards Aylmer on des Allumettières Boulevard.

Until October 2014 there had been two segments of A-5 for several years:

  1. The main segment was a freeway that continued for 21.5 km (13.4 mi) from the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge through the Hull sector of Gatineau to a short access road to Route 105 south of Wakefield.
  2. The second segment, built in 1993, was a short four-lane, at-grade expressway bypass of Wakefield, which overlapped Route 105 and Route 366. The MTQ plan to eliminate the discontinuity between the two segments was completed in October 2014.[3] Further extensions of A-5 north of Wakefield have been deemed unnecessary given the current AADT on Route 105.[citation needed]

A 2.5 km (1.6 mi) extension of the southern segment past Tulip Valley, an area of Route 105 that has been the site of multiple fatal incidents in the past, was opened on 4 December 2009 following a $27 million (CA$) extension project.[4][5] Another $115 million 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi) project began in 2010 to connect the south and north segments, completing the carriageway to Wakefield in October 2014.[4][6] [7]

Beginning in June 2008, the MTQ began replacing the concrete surface from Ottawa to Saint-Joseph Boulevard with asphalt after multiple incidents in which pieces of concrete broke out from the surface including one that struck the windshield of a vehicle, killing its driver in November 2007. Construction was completed by the end of 2008.

Autoroute 5 is the only Quebec A-class Autoroute to have only 1 digit in its name.

Exit listEdit

The entire route is located in Outaouais

LocationkmmiExitDestinationsNotes
Ottawa River0.000.00King Edward Avenue (Regional Road 99) southContinuation into Ontario
Pont Macdonald-Cartier
Gatineau0.300.191Boulevard Maisonneuve / Boulevard Fournier – Centre-Ville GatineauSouthbound exit is via exit 2
0.800.502   A-50 east / Route 148 east – MontréalExit 135 on A-50 (Autoroute de l'Outaouais)
2.601.623Boulevard du Casino / Boulevard Saint-Raymond – PontiacAlso serves Route 105
4.102.555  Route 105 (Boulevard Saint-Joseph) / Boulevard Mont-BleuSigned as exits 5N (north) and 5S (south) northbound
7.204.478Boulevard des Hautes-Plaines
Chelsea11.507.1512Chemin Old ChelseaNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
13.508.3913Tenaga, Old Chelsea
21.5013.3621Chemin de la RivièreAccess via Route 105
25Chemin Cross LoopAlso serves Route 105
Wakefield28   Route 105 south / Route 366 west / Chemin de la Vallée-de-WakefieldSouthern terminus of concurrency with Routes 105 and 366
   Route 105 north / Route 366 east / Chemin Maclaren west – Val-des-Monts, Maniwaki, RupertAt-grade intersection
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Répertoire des autoroutes du Québec" (in French). Transports Québec. Archived from the original on 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
  2. ^ Ministère des Transport: "Distances routières", page 5, Les Publication du Québec, 2005
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2009.
  4. ^ a b Rogers, Dave (9 December 2009). "New stretch of Hwy. 5 opened". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2009-12-09.[dead link]
  5. ^ Prolongement de l'autoroute 5 en Outaouais
  6. ^ "Un nouveau tronçon est ouvert (A new section is open)" (in French). Radio-Canada. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-09.
  7. ^ "Le nouveau tronçon de l'A-5 est ouvert dans les deux directions" (in French). Radio-Canada. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-10.

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