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Highway 11-17 Improvements East Of Thunder Bay

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Highway 11-17 Improvements East Of Thunder Bay

McGuinty Government Awards Contract For Highway Work In Pearl Area

Highway 11-17 east of Thunder Bay will be safer and smoother by this fall with the award of one contract and completion of another.

The Ontario government has awarded a $7.4-million contract to reconstruct a nine-kilometre section of the highway from Pearl to the East Loon Lake Road to Bruno's Contracting of Thunder Bay. 

Work will include improving drainage, correcting frost heaves, extending a passing lane and adding turning and slip-around lanes. Construction will start shortly and should be completed by early fall.
Also, repairs that began last year on a stretch of Highway 11-17 between Birch Beach Road and East Loon Lake will be completed this summer. Final paving last fall was put off by the onset of winter.

Quick Facts

  • Northern Ontario has almost 11,000 kilometres of highway, roughly equal to the distance from Toronto to Whitehorse and back. The Ontario government will be investing a record $557 million in northern highway rehabilitation and expansion in 2008-2009.
  • Since 2004, Ontario has funded four contracts between Thunder Bay and Nipigon with a value of almost $45 million. The work will result in more than 46 rehabilitated kilometres, six new passing lanes and various intersection improvements.

Additional Resources


“This work is just one of the improvement projects planned for Thunder Bay area highways under our government’s Northern Highways Program.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“We’re proud of Ontario’s road safety record and we’re working to make it even better.”

Jim Bradley

Ministry of Transportation



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