Off-Highway Vehicle Space Gets Green Light in Ville d’East Angus


Quebec (MO 2023-02)

February 8, 2023


On February 8, 2023, the Minister of Transportation and Sustainable Mobility, under the Act respecting off-highway vehicles, made a regulation to amend the Regulation to authorize the operation of certain off-highway vehicles on roads under the management of the Minister of Transport. Section 1 of the Regulation was amended by adding the following:

“(11) in Ville d’East Angus (41060), on part of route 214 (214-01-010-000C), from chaining 0 + 720 over a distance of 1,500 m to chaining 2 + 220.”

Section 1 lists areas where off-highway vehicles, other than snowmobiles, are authorized to be operated on all or part of certain roads.

In this context, “chaining” refers to a method of measuring distance using a surveying tool called a “surveyor’s chain.” The chain is a long tape or rope that is stretched out along the ground to measure distance. Each length of the chain is called a “chainage” or “chaining.”

The phrase “from chaining 0 + 720 over a distance of 1,500 m to chaining 2 + 220” means that the road section being referred to starts at chainage 0 + 720 (which refers to a point on the road that is 720 meters from some reference point) and ends at chainage 2 + 220 (which refers to a point on the road that is 2,220 meters from the same reference point). Therefore, the specified section of road is 1,500 meters long, extending from chainage 0 + 720 to chainage 2 + 220.

East Angus (Ville d’East Angus) is a city in Le Haut-Saint-François Regional County Municipality, in Quebec, Canada, with a population of approximately 3,741. The city was founded as a village 30 years earlier and officially became the Town of East Angus on March 14, 1912, after breaking away from the Township of Westbury. The city is named after William Angus, a Scottish industrialist who, after a stay in the region, decided to build a pulp and paper mill on the banks of the Saint-François River. The mill was transformed and modernized several times since its foundation, and the Cascades company acquired it in 1983 before closing the paper mill in September 2014. The company then reached an agreement to sell its boxboard manufacturing and processing assets to Graphic Packaging. Today, the East Angus board mill employs approximately 115 workers.

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