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Highway 65 To Undergo Major Rehabilitation

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Highway 65 To Undergo Major Rehabilitation

Highway Improvement Shows Government Is On The Side of Northerners

ELK LAKE - The Ontario government is investing $6.2 million in the rehabilitation of Highway 65 near Elk Lake, 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 and repaving of more than 13 kilometres of Highway 65 west of Henwood Township Road.  Work will include culvert rehabilitation and the construction of a new truck lay-by. The contract tender in the amount of $6.2 million was awarded to Miller Paving of Markham, Ontario. The project is scheduled to be completed in August 2007. Once complete, the rehabilitated highway will offer motorists improved safety and a smoother ride.

"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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