McGuinty Government Awards Highway 94 Contract
Regional Link To Undergo Major Rehabilitation
SUDBURY - The Ontario government is investing in the rehabilitation of Highway 94 near North Bay, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.
"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," said Bartolucci. "We are looking forward to making more record investments in Northern Ontario's highway infrastructure in this new fiscal year."
A contract valued at $6.5 million has been awarded to Aecon Construction and Materials Ltd. of Toronto. This contract provides for rehabilitation of nine kilometres of road including fully paved shoulders, culvert extensions and replacements, guard rail replacement, drainage improvements, repaving of the Highway 11 overpass and repairs to a culvert at Lavase Creek. Construction will begin imminently with completion scheduled for this autumn.
"Our government is on the side of northerners," said Nipissing MPP Monique Smith. "Both residents and industry in the region will benefit from the improvements to this important highway, which links Highway 11 to Highway 17."
"Northern communities depend on our network of highways," said Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield. "Better highways 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 infrastructure as part of its Northern Prosperity Plan. The plan is founded on four key pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.
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