Lac-Mégantic: the majority of citizens in favor of the bypass, according to the mayor

Lac-Mégantic: the majority of citizens in favor of the bypass, according to the mayor

MISE À DAY

The Mayor of Lac-Mégantic, in the Eastern Townships, said Thursday that the poll conducted by residents of Lac-Mégantic, which revealed that 70% of them were against the bypass project, is not a reflection of the opinion of the majority of the population.

A few hundred citizens affected by the route had expressed their dissatisfaction last Sunday, giving reason for this coup probe.

The municipality of Frontenac had withdrawn its support for the project due to numerous concerns, particularly with regard to the impacts on the water table and the quality of drinking water.

If Frontenac preferred the half-bypass option so that it runs along Route 161 to join the Lac-Mégantic industrial park storage lane and then connects to the current lane.< /p>

But for the Mayor of Lac-Mégantic, Julie Morin, this option is not an option.

Transport Canada must c ommunicate to the mayors the report on the impacts of the future bypass on the environment and the water table on August 8.

A public consultation will be held afterwards in order to answer the questions and concerns of the citizens.

But one thing is certain, the government wants construction to begin in 2023, as soon as Ottawa receives authorization from the Canadian Transportation Agency, according to Daniel Gendron, Mayor of Nantes.