Another Major Highway 69 Four-Laning Project Launched
Commitment to Highway Improvement Shows That Government Is On The Side of Northerners
SUDBURY - The Ontario government is investing almost $59 million in a major expansion project that will advance the four-laning of Highway 69 south of Sudbury, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.
"Our government is on the side of northerners. That's why we are expanding the Highway 69 corridor south of Sudbury," said Bartolucci. "As part of our commitment to invest $1.8 billion over five years to make sure northern highways are safe and efficient, this project is a significant step in continuing the four-laning of Highway 69 south of Sudbury and fulfilling our Highway 69 Action Plan."
The Highway 69 project involves constructing almost nine kilometers of a new four-lane route east of the existing highway, south of Sudbury to Highway 537. The project will include the construction of three new structures, the re-routing of about three kilometers of Highway 537 and construction of an interchange at the new intersection of Highways 537/69. The project will tie in with the recently completed underpass at Old Wanup Road and the new interchange at the south end of the existing four-lane alignment south of Sudbury.
The contract tender in the amount of $58,648,122, awarded to Pioneer Construction of Sudbury, is the largest in the company's history. This project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2009.
"Northern communities depend on our network of highways," said Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield. "Improved highways will improve safety, create jobs and foster prosperity throughout Northern Ontario."
The commitment to expanding northern highways including Highway 69 was set out in ReNew Ontario, the province's five-year strategic infrastructure investment plan that will help prepare for future growth.
The Ontario government is renewing and expanding vital infrastructure such as Highway 69 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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