McGuinty Government Invests $256 Million In Northern Highways
Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci today unveiled the details of this year's $256-million Northern Highways Program. Investments in the northern highway network are part of the government's plan to bring prosperity to Northern Ontario. The province will also develop and implement a Northern Ontario Highways Strategy to comprehensively improve northern highways and begin or continue construction of vital new highway links to major communities in the northeast and northwest.
Major new rehabilitation projects in Northwestern Ontario include:
- Reconstruction of 27 kilometres of Highway 11 beginning about 15 kilometres west of Shebandowan;
- Resurfacing of 32 kilometres of Highway 11 at Longlac and selective resurfacing on Highway 584 north of Burroughs Creek;
- Resurfacing of 19 kilometres of Highway 17 beginning about 15 kilometres east of Highway 599;
- Painting of the Thunder Creek Bridge on Highway 17 about 14 kilometres west of Highway 72;
- Replacement of the Gullwing River Bridge on Highway 665 about 13 kilometres north of Highway 17;
- Rehabilitation of Stillwater Creek Bridge, Nipigon River Bridge, and Sturgeon River Bridge all on Highway 11 in the Nipigon area; and, Kaministiquia River Bridge on Highway 588.
- Rehabilitation of the Chukuni River Bridge on Highway 125 near Red Lake;
- Reconstruction of 16 kilometres of Highway 11/17 beginning at Highway 527 easterly, and the addition of two passing lanes and intersection improvements;
- Reconstruction of 21 kilometres of Highway 17, from Highway 614 westerly, and selective resurfacing on Highway 614 at various locations;
- Replacement of the Sioux Narrows Bridge on Highway 71 at Sioux Narrows;
- Painting of the Beaudette/Rainy River International Bridge on Highway 11.
Major construction projects carrying over from previous years include:
- Completion of the replacement of the McKellar and Ripple Creek culverts west of Marathon;
- Completion of the reconstruction of 19 kilometres of Highway 17 west of Dryden;
- Completion of the replacement of the Neebing River Bridge west of Thunder Bay;
- Completion of the replacement of the CPR overhead bridge at Martin, west of English River;
- Completion of the rehabilitation of the Sturgeon and Pinewood River Bridges west of Fort Frances;
- Continuation of a project to replace the CNR overhead bridge at Longlac.
In November 2003, the McGuinty government entered into a joint federal-provincial Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP) agreement. SHIP paves the way for new investments on a number of provincial highways including the Highway 11/17 corridor and is clearly a step forward for several key northern highway priorities. The following project is funded under the SHIP agreement, with work expected to get underway this year:
- Construction of a new two-lane alignment for Highway 11/17 from the Thunder Bay Expressway westerly to 10th Sideroad (Shabaqua Highway).