03/01/2015 02:45 EST | Updated 05/01/2015 05:59 EDT

$4.9B to be invested in Quebec roads, says Transport Minister Robert Poëti

Quebec's transport minister, Robert Poëti, announced Sunday that $4.9 billion will be invested in Quebec road projects between 2015 and 2017.

That money is slated for 1,917 projects across the province and is expected to maintain or create 33,400 jobs.

Just over half of that total will be invested in the greater Montreal region, including (in order of spending):

- rebuilding the Turcot Interchange linking Highways 14, 20 and 720

- rebuilding the Dorval Circle linking Highways 20 and 520

- improvements to Highway 25 between the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel and Sherbrooke Street

- resurfacing the Métropolitaine Highway 40

- resurfacing the walls of the Villemarie Tunnel

- recovering the Villemarie Tunnel between Hôtel-de-Ville and Sanguinet streets 

- resurfacing Highway 13 between Highways 20 and 40

"It’s a matter of safety, but at the same time it’s a matter to rebuilt together through collective transport through other ways so we enhance the quality of life for our population and focus on economic development," said Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre.  

See a larger map of upcoming road projects in Montreal here. 

Poëti said $1.2 billion of the investment will be earmarked for projects aimed at improving road safety. 

He said the condition of pavement in the Quebec road network has improved by 16 per cent since 2006, while the percentage of structures in good condition — including overpasses and bridges — has increased by nearly 10 per cent since 2009.

"The total investments announced today allows us to offer Quebecers an efficient road network that is safe and plays its role in supporting economic development," said Poëti.

"I encourage road users to exercise the greatest caution in construction zones to ensure their safety and that of workers," he added.

See a larger version of a map showing spending distribution here.