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More Improvements To Highway 17 In The North

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More Improvements To Highway 17 In The North

McGuinty Government Invests In Highway Work Between White River and Marathon

Twenty kilometres of Highway 17 between White River and Marathon are being rehabilitated to improve driver safety, upgrade infrastructure and create 50 jobs.

Part of the Northern Highways Program this road construction east of Highway 614 includes improvements to drainage, ditching, culverts and pavement.  Work is scheduled for completion in August, 2010.

Ontario's highway infrastructure investments will lay a strong foundation for the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, a blueprint for the region's economic development over the next 25 years.  The Ontario government released a proposed plan on October 23, and is now working with northerners to develop a final plan.

Quick Facts

  • E&E Seegmiller Limited of Kitchener has been awarded the $7.2-million contract.
  • The Trans-Canada Highway, Highway 17 is Ontario's longest provincial highway with a length of over 2,000 kilometres.
  • Recently, a major construction project was completed on another stretch of Highway 17 east of Marathon.
  • The 2009 Ontario Budget committed $648 million in northern highway rehabilitation and expansion in 2009-2010.

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Quotes

“These improvements will enhance safety and the quality of ride for residents, visitors and commercial drivers.”

Mike Brown

MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin

“Our commitment to improving northern transportation infrastructure is creating economic activity throughout the region.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry

“Investing in improved transportation infrastructure will promote economic growth in the North, and generate construction jobs.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of Transportation

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