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Thunder Bay Expressway To Be Improved

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Thunder Bay Expressway To Be Improved

McGuinty Government Helps Increase Safety On Northern Roads

Traffic flow and safety on the Thunder Bay Expressway will be significantly improved because of a major reconstruction project being tendered by the province.

The project, which is part of the Northern Highways Program, will include:

  • Full illumination from the Neebing River Bridge to John Street;
  • Resurfacing between the Neebing River and Balsam Street;
  • Providing a second southbound left turn lane at the Harbour Expressway;
  • Extending the existing southbound left turn lane at Oliver Road;
  • Providing a second northbound left turn lane and extending the existing southbound left and right turn lanes at John Street;
  • Providing a second northbound left turn lane and extending a southbound left turn lane at Highway 102/Red River Road.

The Ministry of Transportation expects contracts to be awarded later this spring with work beginning in June.

Quick Facts

  • Up to 19,000 vehicles travel along the Thunder Bay Expressway on an average day.
  • Motorists driving across Canada will utilize at least one part of the Thunder Bay Expressway during the trip.
  • In the past four years, more than $1.3 billion has been invested through the Northern Highways Program in repair, expansion and safety improvement projects.

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“Additional highway safety initiatives are one of the most frequently expressed concerns I receive in my office. I am pleased that by addressing this long standing issue we will also be providing economic benefit to our region.”

Bill Mauro

MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“The Ontario government continues investing in the improved safety of important northern transportation infrastructure like the Thunder Bay Expressway. These projects assist our efforts to attract new economic activity to the region.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“Improving transportation infrastructure will generate construction jobs and encourage economic growth in Thunder Bay.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of Transportation



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