Highway 69 Expansion Program Reaches Milestone
Commitment to Action Plan Shows That Government Is On Side of Northerners
SUDBURY - The Ontario government has reached a significant investment milestone in the continuing expansion of Highway 69 south of Sudbury, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.
"Our government is on the side of northern prosperity. That's why the expansion of the Highway 69 corridor south of Sudbury is part of our commitment to invest $1.8 billion over five years to ensure that northern highways are safe and efficient," said Bartolucci. "I am pleased to announce a major contract award in the Nobel area that will bring the value of contracts awarded to expand Highway 69 between Sudbury and Parry Sound, this fiscal year, to the $150 million mark."
This latest project involves five kilometres of four-laning on new alignment north of Highway 124. This is the second project to be announced north of Parry Sound and will result in a bypass to the east of Nobel with an interchange and access road at the north end of the community. Work will also include the construction of four new bridges, including highway crossings at Portage Lake, and underpasses at Pineridge Drive and Avro Arrow Road.
Pioneer Construction of Sudbury was the successful bidder with a tender price of $52.8 million. Construction is scheduled to begin later this fall and be complete in September 2009.
Recently, another contract on Highway 69 in the amount of $41.4 million was awarded to a joint venture involving Leo Alarie and Sons Ltd. of Timmins and AECON Construction and Materials of Toronto. The contract involves construction of more than six kilometres of four-lane highway on a new alignment north from the vicinity of Trout Lake Road, west of Estaire.
Earlier this year, a major $58.6 million contract was awarded to Pioneer Construction for the construction of eight kilometres of Highway 69 north of Highway 537.
Other work completed or underway on Highway 69 includes the following federal-provincial Strategic Highways Infrastructure Program projects:
• A $5 million contract completed by Pioneer Construction of Sudbury for a new underpass and 700 metres of new highway south of Sudbury
• A $17.6 million contract completed by Leo Alarie and Sons of Timmins for a new interchange and two kilometres of new highway south of Sudbury
• A $55.5 million contract is underway by Bot Construction of Oakville to four-lane six kilometres of Highway 69 from Parry Sound to Nobel.
"We have supported the Highway 69 Action Plan with significant and sustained funding," said Bartolucci. "On track to meet its 12 year completion target, the Highway 69 Action Plan is turning the dream of a four-laned Highway 69 into a reality".
"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 expanding northern highways like Highway 69 was set out in 2005 through 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 such as Highway 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.
Note to Editors: Highway 69 construction maps available for downloading on MNDM website.
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