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Quebec Autoroute 50.svg
Autoroute 50
Autoroute de l'Outaouais
Maintained by Transports Québec
Length: Two segments:
West: 53 km (32.9 mi)
East: 54 km (33.6 mi) [1][2]
Formed: 1975[2]
Direction: East/West
From: Gatineau
Major
junctions:
Quebec Autoroute 5.svg Qc105.png & Qc148.png in Gatineau (Hull)
Qc344.png in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge

Quebec Autoroute 15.svg in Mirabel

To: Qc117.png Route 117 near Mirabel
Major cities: Gatineau, L'Ange-Gardien, Lachute, Mirabel
System: City/Rural highway
Quebec provincial highways
< A-40 A-55 >

Autoroute 50 (Autoroute de l'Outaouais) is an Autoroute in western Quebec. Once completed, it will link the Outaouais region to the Greater Montreal area.

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 Grenville-sur-la-Rouge to Mirabel just beyond an interchange (Route 117) with A-15. It is expected that the gap will be filled by 2011, 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.[3]

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 Grenville-sur-la-Rouge is finished before making a decision[4].

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Safety improvements

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.

Interchanges from West to East on western segment (Boulevard des Allumettières)

Municipality No. Intersecting roads Notes
Gatineau 121* Chemin Eardley (Qc148.pngRoute 148) (currently an at-grade intersection)
122* Rue Front (at-grade intersection)
122* Rue Broad / Chemin Klock (currently an at-grade intersection)
123* Boulevard Wilfrid-Lavigne (currently an at-grade intersection)
124* Rue Samuel-Eddy (at-grade intersection)
126* Chemin Vanier (currently an at-grade intersection)
129* Boulevard Des Grives / Boulevard du Plateau (possible future interchange or roundabout)
131* Boulevard Saint-Raymond
131* Promenade de la Gatineau/Gatineau Parkway
132* Promenade du Lac-des-Fées
132* Rue Labelle / Rue Laramée (at a roundabout)
133* Rue Demontigny / Rue Dalpé / Rue Laramée (at a roundabout)
133* Boulevard Saint-Joseph(Qc105.pngRoute 105) / Rue Montcalm (currently a roundabout)
134* Boulevard des Allumettières (formerly Boulevard Saint-Laurent) (current A-50 terminus/westbound only)
135 Quebec Autoroute 5.svgAutoroute 5 (Autoroute de la Gatineau) /Ottawa / Boulevard Maisonneuve (downtown Gatineau)
138 Rue Saint-Louis (Qc307.pngRoute 307)
139 Boulevard Maloney (Qc148.pngRoute 148) (eastbound only)
140 Boulevard de la Gappe
141 Boulevard La Verendrye (eastbound only)
145 Montée Paiement
147 Boulevard Labrosse
150 Boulevard Lorrain (Qc366.pngRoute 366)
154 Boulevard de l'Aéroport
159 Rue des Laurentides
165 Rue Georges (eastbound only)
166 Avenue De Buckingham (Routes Qc315.png315 & Qc148.png 148 transition from 4 to 2 lanes or vice-versa)
171 Chemin Lépine
L'Ange-Gardien 174 Chemin Doherty (Qc309.pngRoute 309)
Lochaber - Thurso 187 (Qc317.pngRoute 317)

Interchanges from West to East on planned central section (exit numbers assumed)

Municipality No. Intersecting roads Notes
Plaisance 195 Montée Papineau
Papineauville 206 Qc321.pngRoute 321
Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours 212 Qc323.pngRoute 323
Fassett 221 Montée Fassett
Grenville-sur-la-Rouge 230 Chemin Avoca

Interchanges from West to East on eastern segment

Municipality No. Intersecting roads Notes
Grenville-sur-la-Rouge 239 Chemin Scotch (Qc344.pngRoute 344)
Brownsburg-Chatham 252 Montée Labranche
254 Route du Canton (Qc148.pngRoute 148)
Lachute 258 Avenue d'Argenteuil (Qc327.pngRoute 327) (transition from 4 to 2 lanes or vice-versa)
260 Chemin Bethany (Qc148.pngRoute 148)
Mirabel 272 Cote St-Louis
279 Chemin St-Simon
285 Mirabel International Airport (transition from 2 to 4 lanes or vice-versa)
288 Business access and rest area
292 Quebec Autoroute 15.svgAutoroute 15 (Autoroute des Laurentides)
293* Boulevard Curé-Labelle (Qc117.pngRoute 117) (currently an at-grade intersection)
  • *Exit number not signed, based on kilometre post

References

  1. ^ Ministère des transports, "Distances routières", page (?), Les Publications du Québec, 2005
  2. ^ a b "Répertoire des autoroutes du Québec" (in French). Transports Québec. http://www1.mtq.gouv.qc.ca/fr/repertoire_autoroute/autoroute.asp. Retrieved 2008-02-23.  
  3. ^ Gatineau man, 61, dies in 14-vehicle crash
  4. ^ Communiqué: L'Autoroute 50 - Commission de toponymie, retrieved September 3, 2007

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