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Ontario Upgrades Highway 11 Near Atikokan

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Ontario Upgrades Highway 11 Near Atikokan

Better Roads Help Strengthen Communities

THUNDER BAY - The Ontario government is moving ahead with improvements to Highway 11 near Atikokan by issuing a call for tenders to refurbish a 30-kilometre section of the road, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Improving the transportation infrastructure across the North will better position communities for private sector investment and economic development," said Bartolucci.  "Our government's investment in rehabilitation projects will result in long-term benefits throughout the region."

The project involves rehabilitation work on 30 kilometres of road beginning 12 kilometres west of the Highway 802 junction.  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.

"I am pleased our government is moving forward on upgrades to our region's highway infrastructure," said Bill Mauro, Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP and Parliamentary Assistant to Minister Bartolucci.  "Maintaining our region's highways in good condition is important to supporting strong communities in 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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