In order to restore passenger and freight service over the entire Gaspé Railway by 2025, a number of major upgrades to the railroad have been identified by Transports Québec. Activa Environnement was mandated by AECOM to carry out environmental monitoring of the repairs planned for the rail bridge P-19237 in Port-Daniel.
More precisely, the monitoring work, which will be carried out by a biologist, will consist of ensuring compliance with laws and regulations, verifying application of the work site’s environmental protection action plan, as well as habitat quality monitoring for three years after repairs have been completed.
The Gaspé Railway extends 325 km between the towns of Matapédia and Gaspé. Service is currently limited to freight transport between Matapédia and Caplan after passenger service was suspended in 2013.
In 2017, the Government of Quebec undertook to upgrade the railroad between Matapédia and Gaspé in order to allow passenger and freight traffic to resume over the entire line. This is a major and high-priority project for the region. From Matapédia to Gaspé, the railroad comprises 183 level crossings, 860 farm crossings, 699 culverts, 33 retaining walls, 1 tunnel and 66 bridges, the construction of some of which dates back to the late 19th century. Some structures will be replaced while others will be upgraded.
In February 2020, a total of $235M was earmarked for repairs to the Gaspé Railway, of which $138.3M will be invested between 2020 and 2022.