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Major Rehabilitation Of Highway 101 Set To Begin

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Major Rehabilitation Of Highway 101 Set To Begin

Highway Improvement Plans Show Government Is On The Side of Northerners

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is investing more than $8 million in the rehabilitation of Highways 547 and 101 east of Wawa, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"I am pleased with the investment being made to improve this important highway," said Bartolucci. "This is a significant regional corridor that not only serves local residents but is also vital to the forest products, tourism and recreation sectors."

The project involves the resurfacing of 34 kilometres of Highway 101 east of Wawa and six kilometres of Highway 547 to Hawk Junction. The project includes culvert replacement and work to eliminate frost heaves and distortions, leading to improved safety and ride quality for drivers. The contract tender in the amount of $8,939,511 million was awarded to Villeneuve Construction of Hearst. The project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2007.

"Our government is on the side of northerners. That's why we are investing an unprecedented amount of funding in vital northern infrastructure," said Bartolucci.  "This is one of numerous projects cited in the 2006 Northern Highways Program, part of our commitment to invest $1.8 billion over five years to ensure that northern highways are safe and efficient."

"Good roads are essential to northern communities," said Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield. "Improved highways will improve safety, create jobs and foster prosperity throughout Northern Ontario."

The commitment to expanding and rehabilitating northern highways was set out in ReNew Ontario, the province's five-year strategic infrastructure investment plan that will help the province prepare for future growth.

The Ontario government is renewing and expanding vital highway 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.


Laura Blondeau
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454    

Tom Marcolini
MNDM - Sault Ste. Marie
(705) 945-5836

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