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Ontario Funds Reconstruction Of Highway 17 In Northwest Ontario

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Ontario Funds Reconstruction Of Highway 17 In Northwest Ontario

Part Of Five-Year, $1.8 Billion Investment In Northern Highways

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is undertaking an important rehabilitation project on Highway 17 east of Ignace, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our government recognizes the importance of a safe, well maintained network of highways to the economic and social well-being of the North," said Bartolucci.  "We understand that high quality infrastructure is an underlying requirement for strong communities."

The project involves resurfacing and reconstructing 16 kilometres east of English River.  Improvements include increasing the shoulder width along existing passing lanes, the treatment of frost heave areas and drainage enhancements.  There will also be upgrades to three snow plow turn-arounds in the area.  A contract in the amount of $9,397,798 has been awarded to Miller Northwest of Markham. The project will get underway this spring and is scheduled for completion this fall.

"We have laid out a strategic program and budgeted record investments in the expansion and rehabilitation of northern highways," said Bartolucci. "We will continue to invest in these important infrastructure initiatives."

"The government's ongoing commitment to improving highway infrastructure across the region is helping our northern communities to grow and prosper," said Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield. "Better highways foster economic development and create jobs."

The McGuinty government's five-year, $1.8-billion Northern Ontario Highways Strategy is forecast to result in the repair of 2,000 kilometres of highway and an additional 64 kilometres of northern highway system expansion.  The strategy, now in its third year, is an important component of the Northern Prosperity Plan, which 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.

Laura Blondeau
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454    

Tom Marcolini
MNDM - Sault Ste. Marie
(705) 945-5836



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