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  • Hunter Cresswell

Fed up waiting for MTQ

Archie Adams and his wife Françoise Osborne are learning first-hand how slow the cogs of Quebec bureaucracy turn and it’s taking a toll on their business.

“What can we say, eh? It’s government,” Osborne told the Low Down.

She and Adams co-own Garage Adams just north of Wakefield. It’s their home and place of business. They’ve lived there for over 17 years. Business is booming and they need to expand from having a one-car garage to a two-car garage to handle all the work.

But the property won’t be theirs forever.

The Ministère des Transports du Québec plans to expropriate their property along with 16 other properties between Adams and Osborne’s home along Hwy 105 and the end of Hwy 5 at Chemin Maclaren, as part of its plan to extend Hwy 5 1.7 kilometres to connect to Hwy 105. The extension will mostly be four lanes, but the last 200 metres will be three lanes — two northbound lanes and one southbound. Plans include access to the newly extended highway at Chemin Maclaren, MTQ communications agent Rosalie Faubert said.

The plans have been in the works for years – the MTQ previously stated that the work would start in late 2020 and no new timeline is available – and the wait is starting to negatively affect Adams and Osborne’s business. They said they want to expand, but don’t want to invest all that money if they’re forced to sell soon.

But the prolonged process is hampering Ga