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Major Rehabilitation Of Highway 655 Begins

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Major Rehabilitation Of Highway 655 Begins

Highway Improvement Shows Government Is On The Side of Northerners

TIMMINS - The Ontario government is investing almost $12 million in the rehabilitation of Highway 655 north of Timmins, Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP David Ramsay announced today on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci.

"I am pleased with the investment being made to improve this important highway," said Ramsay. "This is one of several major rehabilitation projects that will greatly improve highway infrastructure throughout the region."

The project involves the reconstruction of about 14 kilometres of roadway to improve traffic operations, safety, surface performance and ride quality. The project will include shoulder widening and paving, culvert improvements and raising of the road base through low lying areas. The contract tender in the amount of $11.6 million was awarded to M.J. Labelle Co. Ltd. of Cochrane. 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 make sure northern highways are safe and efficient."

"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 and rehabilitating northern highways 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 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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