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Canadian officials last week announced the federal government would spend CA$33.4 million for the construction of a multipurpose terminal west of the Port of Trois-Rivieres' existing infrastructure, located between Montreal and Quebec City.
The new 100,000-square-meter terminal will be used for the transhipment of dry bulk, liquid bulk and general cargo. The project includes construction of a wharf and road and rail access roads, as well as storage, Transport Canada officials said in a press release.
The terminal will help improve traffic flow and eliminate bottlenecks currently facing the port. It also will enable the development of a multimodal platform to ensure the efficient transfer of goods between road, rail and maritime modes, they said. The port is served by CN, Canadian Pacific and the Quebec Gatineau Railway, a Genesee & Wyoming Inc. subsidiary.
The project is expected to create 630 jobs during construction.
"Our government is investing in Canada's economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors," said Transport Minister Marc Garneau. "We are supporting projects that will help efficiently move goods to market and people to their destinations, stimulate our economy during the pandemic, create quality middle-class jobs, and ensure that Canada's transportation networks remain competitive and efficient."