Legault government pursuing controversial 'third link' in Quebec City

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Quebec Premier Francois Legault attends a news conference in Quebec City, Thursday, June 13, 2024  in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

MONTREAL -- The Quebec government is moving ahead with a controversial transportation project in the provincial capital.

Premier Francois Legault announced today his government is planning to build a third bridge connecting Quebec City with suburbs across the St. Lawrence River.

Legault says the so-called "third link" is important for economic security, in case one of the two existing bridges were to close.

The announcement comes a day after Quebec's pension fund manager -- Caisse de depot -- released a report saying a third link is not justified and would barely reduce car traffic.

The government abandoned the project last year but revived it after losing a Quebec City byelection in the fall.

Legault is also giving the green light to a multibillion-dollar tramway project in the capital.

This report by was first published June 13, 2024.