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Key section of Trans-Canada highway to be improved

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Key section of Trans-Canada highway to be improved

McGuinty Government Supports Northern Highway Infrastructure

Traffic flow and safety will improve with the rehabilitation of a section of the Trans-Canada Highway between Kenora and the Manitoba border.

The work on Highway 17 from Rush Bay to Manitoba will include grading, drainage improvements, new asphalt surface, the construction of two new passing lanes and lighting at the Rush Bay truck inspection station.  Preliminary work has begun with the completion of the entire project expected in late 2009.

The $13-million construction project is being undertaken by Carillion Canada of Toronto.

Quick Facts

  • Highway 17 west of Kenora is critical to the tourism industry in the region.
  • Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed approximately $9 billion to improvements across the province in highways, roads and bridges and invested $7.4 billion in public transit.

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“Our government is committed to improving highway infrastructure that will help northern communities pursue economic opportunities.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“Good highways provide a sound foundation for a strong economy in Northern Ontario communities.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of Transportation

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