Québec Roads - A-955


955/is the loneliest Autoroute/that you'll ever do.


Alternate title for A-955: They killed A-51 for this?? A-55 was originally supposed to head straight southeast from Trois-Rivières (Québec is oriented around the SW-NE St. Lawrence River), along this path, and then south along QC 116 to Richmond before meeting its current alignment. North of Richmond, A-51 continued to Drummondville, and was intended to follow QC 143 to Pierreville. For some reason, the stub that is now A-955 never even made it to QC 116, let alone to Richmond. A-51 was never extended either, so A-55 just swallowed it up. North of Richmond, A-55 had been a Super-2 like 955, but was gradually dualized. Well, I just unfairly generalized - A-955 is still full of at-grade intersections, very much below the standards of a Super-2 freeway. As you see in the photo above, all it does is keep the ROW warm for a four-lane divided freeway. Given that A-955 will not be extended/completed in the foreseeable future, and given the efforts to fully dualize A-55, it's a pretty safe bet A-955 will be the last remaining Autoroute with an ARRET (STOP) sign (to say nothing of at-grade intersections) long after the others are completed. Well, A-19 is probably also going to stand pat.


QC 122 EB and WB at a four-way stop (arrêt en français, which is the same as "arrest," and not the "oooh, 'officer'" kind). Basically an excuse to make an A-955 page, but also note that A-55 is not signed along the route it gave birth to. That's because until this millennium, A-55 had not been completed south to A-20 (which I'm sure didn't help the case of completing A-955 to Richmond), requiring a pair of provincial routes for a detour (155 and 161).


Extra-wide shield, the modern fashion, SB just past QC 122 approaching Rue Principale. This is original QC 122, and the modern one bypasses St-Albert and Victoriaville to the north.

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