The Quebec government has donated $16.2-million to build a new downtown and a temporary rail link in Lac-Mégantic by the beginning of December 2013.
Following the July 6, 2013 Montreal, Maine & Atlantic train derailment that killed 47 people and spilled some 5.7 million litres of oil, cleanups crews remain on-site for remediation work that could stretch into 2014.
Some 100 businesses hope to be back in operation by the end of 2013, thanks to the new funding.
The money will also go towards a memorial park to commemorate the train disaster.
Quebec Premier Pauline Marois presented the funds on August 26, 2013, when she called for a temporary rail link between the Lac-Mégantic industrial park and the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway line by 2014. The link would allow local companies forced to rely on expensive truck transport since the crash to resume shipments by rail to North American customers.
The temporary line would not allow for transport of hazardous materials.
Marois said the $16-million contribution would be part of the $60 million initially promised by the provincial government in July 2013.
The “red-zone” — the area most contaminated by the explosion — will likely not be accessible to the public until June 2014, nearly one year after the disaster.