Ontario Government Opens Four-Laned Section Of Highway 11
Driver Safety And Economic Development To Improve
NORTH BAY -- The Ontario government is improving highway safety, traffic flow and economic development opportunities in Northern Ontario by opening a four-lane section of Highway 11 from Trout Creek to South River, Nipissing MPP Monique Smith announced today on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci.
"The McGuinty government has reaffirmed our commitment to the completion of Highway 11," Smith said. "Drivers will benefit from an increasingly reliable, safe and accessible Highway 11 corridor, while communities across Northern Ontario, including Nipissing, will benefit from the additional economic opportunities encouraged by this expansion. This is certainly good news for our area."
"We remain dedicated to ensuring that the remaining 41 kilometres of Highway 11 that are still to be four-laned will be completed as soon as possible," Smith added. "We are working diligently to acquire the property necessary and to complete the engineering necessary to continue construction of the remaining sections."
This project involved four-laning 10 kilometres of Highway 11 between Trout Creek and South River. One interchange at Goreville Road with one bridge was also constructed as part of the contract. The majority of the new highway was built on a new alignment, with some twinning of the existing highway also taking place.
"I am delighted this section of four-laning is now complete, and residents and businesses in the area can begin to benefit from the expansion," Bartolucci said. "Ensuring the availability of accessible, reliable highways is a critical component of our prosperity plan for the North."
Final construction costs for the project are estimated at $35 million. Total cost, including utility relocation, property acquisition, engineering and contract administration will be about $42 million.
"Our government is committed to making Ontario's highways, roads and bridges safer and more reliable," Minister of Transportation Harinder Takhar added. "And these upgrades will improve safety for drivers in Northern Ontario."
A safe, efficient and integrated transportation system is key to building strong communities. The Ontario government is investing nearly $1 billion in highway infrastructure this year to improve safety, ease congestion and save drivers time.