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Ontario Invests In Kenora Bypass Reconstruction

Highway Improvements Show Government Is On The Side Of Northerners

KENORA - The Ontario government is investing close to $11 million dollars in the rehabilitation of the Kenora Bypass (Highway 17A), Northern Development and Mines Minster Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We're on the side of northerners.  That is why our government is improving this vital northwestern corridor," said Bartolucci.  "These upgrades will improve driving conditions and road safety for residents and visitors in the Kenora region."

The project involves the reconstruction of about 35 kilometres of roadway to improve safety, surface performance and ride quality. The project will include widening intersections to better accommodate large vehicles, improving sight lines, lighting and culverts, and the resurfacing of four bridge decks. The contract, in the amount of $10,763,123, was awarded to Pioneer Construction Limited of Sault Ste. Marie.

"Maintaining our highways is critical to Northern Ontario's prosperity," said Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield. "By investing in transportation infrastructure, we are promoting safety, economic development and job creation in our northern communities."

The commitment to rehabilitate 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 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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