- Quebec Autoroute 50
Autoroute de l'Outaouais Route information Maintained by Transports Québec Length: 137 km (85 mi)
West: 54 km (33.6 mi)
East: 83 km (51.6 mi)
Existed: 1975 – present Major junctions West end: Gatineau A-15 in Mirabel East end: Route 117 near Mirabel Location Major cities: Gatineau, L'Ange-Gardien, Lachute, Mirabel Highway system ← A-40 A-55 →
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.
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.
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.
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) (Route 148) Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only 135 Autoroute 5 (Autoroute de la Gatineau) / Ottawa / Boulevard Maisonneuve (downtown Gatineau) 138 Rue Saint-Louis (Route 307) 139 Boulevard Maloney (Route 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 (Route 366) 154 Boulevard de l'Aéroport 159 Rue des Laurentides 165 Rue Georges Eastbound exit and westbound entrance only 166 Avenue de Buckingham (Route 315 & Route 148) Transition from 4 to 2 lanes or vice-versa 171 Chemin Lépine L'Ange-Gardien 174 Chemin Doherty (Route 309) Lochaber - Thurso 187 Route 317 Eastern terminus of the western segment Plaisance 197 Montée Papineau Papineauville 203 Route 321 Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours 210 Route 323 Western terminus of the eastern segment Fassett 216 Montée Fassett Grenville-sur-la-Rouge 226 Chemin Avoca 233 Chemin Kilmar 239 Chemin Scotch (Route 344) Brownsburg-Chatham 252 Montée Labranche 254 Route du Canton (Route 148) Transition from 2 to 4 lanes or vice-versa Lachute 258 Avenue d'Argenteuil (Route 327) 260 Chemin Bethany (Route 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 Autoroute 15 (Autoroute des Laurentides) (293) Boulevard Curé-Labelle (Route 117) At-grade intersection
Eastern terminus of the eastern segment
- ^ "Répertoire des autoroutes du Québec" (in French). Transports Québec. http://www1.mtq.gouv.qc.ca/fr/repertoire_autoroute/autoroute.asp. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
- ^ "Gatineau man, 61, dies in 14-vehicle crash". CBC News. 2007-03-15. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2007/03/14/gatineau-crash.html.
- ^ Communiqué: L'Autoroute 50 - Commission de toponymie, retrieved September 3, 2007
- Google Maps: western section of Autoroute 50 from Gatineau to Thurso
- Google Maps: eastern section of Autoroute 50 from Grenville to Mirabel
- Transports Quebec Autoroute 50 Project Description and Timeline (in French)
- Transports Quebec Outaouais Projects Description and Timeline (in French)
- A-50 at Exitlists.com
- A-50 at Quebec Autoroutes
- Transports Quebec Map (French)
Expressways of Quebec
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Roads in Canada
- Transports Quebec Map (French)
Major roads and bridges in Gatineau Provincial highways Municipal arteries Bridges
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