05/24/2013 11:29 EDT | Updated 07/24/2013 05:12 EDT

Highway 19 expansion plans revealed

Quebec’s provincial government is reportedly going ahead with the long-awaited extension of Highway 19, north of Montreal.

The northbound section of the highway currently ends in Laval, but the proposed changes to the four-lane highway would extend it all the way to Bois-des-Filion and would include reserved a bus lane in either direction.

“We cannot imagine a highway in 2013, and 2015, without a place for collective transportation,” said Sylvain Gaudreault, Quebec’s transport minister.

Additionally, 690 parking spots would be opened up near Highway 640, and 280 spots would open near Côte-Terrebonne.

A new bridge east of existing Athanase-David bridge is in the plans, as well.

In 2010, then-Quebec premier Jean Charest announced Highway 19 would be extended 10 kilometres from Highway 440 in Laval, to just past Highway 640 in Terrebonne.

The project is estimated to cost at least $350-400 million, and won't be completed before 2019.

This is not the first time the Quebec government has promised to extend the highway — the plan has been on and off the province’s agenda since the 1960s.

But construction was put on hiatus over the years as different governments took power.

Three years ago, the Liberal government announced a relaunch of the extension project, which was planned to be completed by 2015.

However in February, the new Parti Québécois government said the Liberals had failed to plan the necessary funding. The PQ said it would have to put the project on hold until the government could re-examine the plans.

The Bois-des-Filion mayor said at that time the work would likely be put off until at least 2020.

Proposed extension of Highway 19 (approximate)