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Highway 144 Reconstruction Project Begins

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Highway 144 Reconstruction Project Begins

Commitment to Highway Improvement Shows That Government Is On Side Of Northerners

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is investing more than $9 million in the rehabilitation of Highway 144 south of Timmins, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our government is on the side of northerners. That's why we're investing $1.8 billion over five years to ensure that northern highways are safe and efficient," said Bartolucci. "Highway 144 is an important link between Timmins and Sudbury and this project will improve traffic flow and safety along this stretch of road."

The work involves rehabilitation of more than 27 kilometres of highway including improved drainage, culvert replacements, new guard-rails, fully-paved shoulders and a new snow plow turnaround. The contract tender in the amount of $9.27 million was awarded to Miller Paving of Markham.  This project is scheduled for completion in the autumn of 2007.

"Northern communities depend on our network of highways," said Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield. "Better highways will improve safety, create jobs and foster prosperity throughout Northern Ontario."

The commitment to improving northern roads like Highway 144 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 - including important routes such as Highways 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.


Laura Blondeau
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454
    
Tom Marcolini
MNDM - Sault Ste. Marie
(705) 945-5836

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