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Ontario to Replace Sioux Narrows Bridge

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Ontario to Replace Sioux Narrows Bridge

Project Will Improve Key Tourist Route

KENORA - The Ontario government is improving traffic flow along a key northwestern tourism corridor by issuing a call for tenders to replace the Sioux Narrows bridge on Highway 71, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Ensuring the integrity of the bridges on our northern highway system is a key priority of the McGuinty government," Bartolucci said.  "A safe and reliable highway system will help build strong northern communities and promote regional prosperity."

The project involves construction of a new bridge at Sioux Narrows on Highway 71 between Fort Frances and Kenora.  The bridge will replace a temporary structure that was put in place after an old timber bridge was removed two years ago.

Through its Northern Highways Program, the McGuinty government is investing a record $297 million in 2005-06 in highway expansion and rehabilitation across the North.

The Ontario government is renewing and expanding vital infrastructure as part of its Northern Prosperity Plan. The plan is founded on four key pillars including: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

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