Quebec Route 138
Route 138 is a major highway in the Canadian province of Quebec, following the entire north shore of the Saint Lawrence River past Montreal to the temporary eastern terminus in Kegashka on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The western terminus is in Elgin, at the border with New York State south-west of Montreal (connecting with New York State Route 30 at the Trout River Border Crossing). Part of this highway is known as the Chemin du Roy, or King's Highway, which is one of the oldest highways in Canada.
|Chemin Du Roy|
|Maintained by Transports Québec|
|Length||1,420.0 km (882.3 mi)|
It passes through the Montérégie, Lanaudière, Mauricie, Capitale-Nationale and Côte-Nord regions of Quebec. In Montreal, Highway 138 runs via Sherbrooke Street, crosses the Pierre Le Gardeur Bridge to Charlemagne and remains a four-lane road until exiting Repentigny.
This highway takes a more scenic route than the more direct Autoroute 40 between Montreal and Quebec City. It crosses the Saguenay River via a ferry which travels between Baie-Sainte-Catherine and Tadoussac.
Until the mid-1990s, the highway's eastern terminus was Havre-Saint-Pierre, but in 1996 the extension to Natashquan was completed. A 40 km section between Natashquan and Kegashka opened on September 26, 2013, with the inauguration of a bridge across the Natashquan River.
A second segment of about 17 km extends from Tête-à-la-Baleine's airport, east through Tête-à-la-Baleine, to the ferry terminal southeast of Tête-à-la-Baleine. There is also a 10.7 km roadway, la route Mecatina, from Mutton Bay to a ferry terminal in La Tabatière and continuing beyond.
A third segment of Route 138 extends from Old Fort to the Newfoundland and Labrador border (connecting with Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Route 510), near Blanc-Sablon on the eastern end of the Côte-Nord.
A gap remains between Kegashka and Old Fort, through isolated communities accessible only by coastal ferry. On August 25, 2006, the Quebec government announced a 10-year project to connect the two segments by building 425 km of highway along the Lower North Shore. In 2011, the Quebec government announced an additional $122 million investment for the project over five years as part of the Plan Nord. However, by 2013 difficulties ensued between the Quebec Ministry of Transport and the Pakatan Corporation, who was previously responsible for managing the funding for this project, leading to the termination of agreement between the two. By this time only 12 km of this road had been built, plus some additional engineering work and deforestation. The construction of two segments of the highway (Kegashka–La Romaine and Tête-à-la-Baleine–La Tabatière) is set to begin in 2019. A total of $232 million will be contributed to this project.
Municipalities along Route 138
|Le Haut-Saint-Laurent||Elgin||0||0.0||Trout River Border Crossing; western terminus|
|Huntingdon||Begin/end concurrency with Route 202|
|Begin/end concurrency with Route 202|
|Ormstown||Begin/end concurrency with Route 201|
|Begin/end concurrency with Route 201|
|Très-Saint-Sacrement||Northern terminus of Route 203|
|Beauharnois-Salaberry||Sainte-Martine||Begin/end concurrency with Route 205|
|Begin/end concurrency with Route 205|
|Roussillon||Châteauguay||Exit 38 (A-30); begin/end concurrency with Route 132|
|Kahnawake||Interchange; northern terminus of Route 207|
|Interchange; begin/end concurrency with Route 132|
|Montreal||Montreal||1||Rue Airlie||Eastbound exit, westbound entrance|
|2||Rue Clément, Rue St-Patrick|
|4||Begin/end concurrency with A-20|
|64||Begin/end concurrency with A-20|
|Exit 64 (A-15)|
|Western terminus of Route 112|
|Southern terminus of Route 335|
|Northern terminus of Route 134|
|Southern terminus of Route 125|
|Exit 5 (A-25)|
|Saint-Sulpice||Southern terminus of Route 343|
|D'Autray||Lavaltrie||Southern terminus of Route 131|
|Berthierville||Begin/end concurrency with Route 158|
|Begin/end concurrency with Route 158|
|Exit 151 (A-40)|
|Maskinongé||Louiseville||Eastern terminus of Route 348|
|Southern terminus of Route 349|
|Exit 174 (A-40)|
|Trois-Rivières||Trois-Rivières||Exit 187 (A-40)|
|Exit 181 (A-55)|
|Southern terminus of Route 157|
|Les Chenaux||Champlain||Southern terminus of Route 359|
|Batiscan||Southern terminus of Route 361|
|Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade||Southern terminus of Route 159|
|Portneuf||Deschambault-Grondines||Southern terminus of Route 363|
|Cap-Santé||Western terminus of Route 358|
|Exit 274 (A-40)|
|Neuville||Southern terminus of Route 365|
|Québec||Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures||Southern terminus of Route 367|
|Exit 298 (A-40)|
|Québec||Northern terminus of A-540|
|Exit 141 (A-73/A-40)|
|Exit 7 (A-740)|
|Exit 4 (A-973/QC 175)|
|Western terminus of Route 360|
|Exit 27 (A-440)|
|Exit 325 (A-40); eastern terminus of A-40; western terminus of Route 368|
|La Côte-de-Beaupré||Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré||Begin/end concurrency with Route 360|
|Interchange; begin/end concurrency with Route 360|
|Saint-Tite-des-Caps||Eastern terminus of Route 360|
|Charlevoix||Baie-Saint-Paul||Western terminus of Route 362|
|Southern terminus of Route 381|
|Charlevoix-Est||La Malbaie||Eastern terminus of Route 362|
|Saint-Siméon||Eastern terminus of Route 170|
|La Haute-Côte-Nord||Tadoussac||Eastern terminus of Route 172|
|Forestville||Eastern terminus of Route 385|
|Manicouagan||Baie-Comeau||Southern terminus of Route 389|
|Le Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent||Kegashka||Right-of-way ends|
|Gap in route|
|Le Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent||Tête-à-la-Baleine||Right-of-way begins|
|Gap in route|
|Le Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent||Vieux Fort||Right-of-way begins|
|Blanc-Sablon||Newfoundland and Labrador provincial line; eastern terminus of Route 138|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Ministère des transports, "Distances routières", page 66-69, Les Publications du Québec, 2005
- "Une nouvelle route pour Kegaska".
- "Le pont de Natashquan inauguré".
- Trans-Labrador Hwy - Labrador 2003 - Page 5
- "Québec invests an extra $122 million for the extension of route 138 on the Basse-Côte-Nord". Gouvernement du Québec. May 30, 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-07.
- Lévesque, Fanny (5 July 2013). "Extension of 138: Quebec terminates agreement with Pakatan Corporation". LeNord Côtier. Retrieved 26 Jun 2018.
- "Route 138 - Extension of Route 138 on the Lower North Shore". Gouvernement du Québec. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
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