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New Hawk Lake Bridge Opens

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New Hawk Lake Bridge Opens

McGuinty Government Supports Key Northern Infrastructure

The new Hawk Lake bridge on Highway 17 over the Canadian Pacific Railway mainline, 45 kilometres east of Kenora, has officially opened to traffic.

The new overpass, which will see traffic traveling over the railway on a two-kilometre section of new highway, has no height limitations, allowing suppliers to ship large loads more directly by truck to western Canada.  For decades, the routing of the highway under the rail line restricted the movement of commercial trucks carrying loads that exceeded the clearance height for the bridge. 

The $12.7-million construction project was completed by Carillion Canada Incorporated of Toronto.  The old bridge will be removed next year.

Quick Facts

  • The original Hawk Lake CP Rail underpass was built in 1935 to allow Trans-Canada Highway 17 vehicle traffic to pass under the CP main line. Over 3,600 vehicles, one-quarter of which are heavy trucks, will use this new bridge every day.
  • The Port of Thunder Bay, in conjunction with CN Rail, provides a new highly competitive routing option for equipment and other cargo destined for oil sands projects in western Canada.
  • Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed approximately $9 billion in highways, roads and bridges and invested $7.4 billion in public transit.

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“Our government is committed to helping northern communities pursue economic opportunities. The overpass at Hawk Lake will allow highway carriers to transport oversize loads along the Trans Canada Highway without having to take an extensive detour.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“Providing Northern Ontario communities with efficient transportation infrastructure will give them a sound foundation for a strong economy.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of Transportation



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