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Ontario Funds Reconstruction On Highway 17 Southwest Bypass

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Ontario Funds Reconstruction On Highway 17 Southwest Bypass

Sudbury Project Part Of All-Time Record Investment In Northern Highways

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is funding a major reconstruction of a critical intersection on the Highway 17 Southwest Bypass in the City of Greater Sudbury, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"The reconstruction of the Long Lake Road/Municipal Road 80 Intersection with Highway 17 is part of yet another record investment the Ontario government is making to ensure that northern transportation infrastructure is safe and efficient," said Bartolucci. "Every dollar put into highways is an investment in the safety of travellers, in the economic development of Northern Ontario, in the growth of our communities and in the creation of new jobs."

A contract in the amount of $25,250,000 has been awarded to Teranorth Construction and Engineering of Sudbury. Construction began recently and is scheduled for completion in late 2008. The project involves constructing a two-lane interchange that will advance the safety and efficiency of both provincial and city road operations in this area. Improvements include:

•    Replacing the existing signalized intersection of Highway 17 and Municipal Road 80 with a new grade separated interchange

•    Realigning Countryside Drive to intersect with Municipal Road 80 at Harrison Drive

•    Installing traffic signals and left turn lanes at the Countryside Drive and Harrison    Drive intersection with Municipal Road 80

•    Widening Municipal Road 80 to four lanes from Harrison Drive, southerly to the interchange

•    Relocating the Silver Road intersection with Municipal Road 80 approximately 145 metres to the south

•    Widening  the section of Municipal Road 80 between Harrison Drive and Ester Street, to four lanes (in partnership with Greater Sudbury)

•    Constructing a pedestrian underpass beneath the northeast ramp and a pedestrian pathway adjacent to Municipal Road 80 (in partnership with Greater Sudbury).

"I am very pleased that our government has placed a high priority on completing this important project," said Bartolucci. "This intersection has been the site of some terrible tragedies and the reconstruction will make it safer for all concerned."

"This project highlights how our government continues putting a high priority on the expansion and rehabilitation of the North's network of highways," said Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield. "Whether it is improving the Highway 17 Southwest Bypass or four-laning Highway 69 south of Sudbury, 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.

Laura Blondeau
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454
Tom Marcolini
MNDM - Sault Ste. Marie
(705) 945-5836



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