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Two New Bridges Part Of Highway 11/17 Expansion

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Two New Bridges Part Of Highway 11/17 Expansion

McGuinty Government Creates Jobs, Invests In Highway Infrastructure Near Thunder Bay

Construction of two new bridges as part of the Highway 11/17 expansion east of Thunder Bay will result in new economic activity and job creation.

The bridges are being built across the Mackenzie River in the Municipality of Shuniah, accommodating two eastbound and two westbound lanes of traffic.

This bridge work is creating more than 80 jobs in the region. The bridges will be open to traffic once the expansion of the highway between Birch Beach and Mackenzie Station Road is completed in about three years.

It is part of the Open Ontario plan to create jobs and opportunities in Northern Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • TeraNorth Construction of Sudbury was awarded the $12-million contract.
  • Construction on two four-lane projects will begin later this year on Highway 11/17; a six-kilometre stretch from Hodder Avenue to Highway 527 and a 14-kilometre section from west of Mackenzie Station Road to Birch Beach Rd.
  • The recent Ontario Budget committed $773 million to northern highway rehabilitation and expansion in 2010-2011.

Additional Resources


“These new bridges are two critical elements in the expansion of the Highway 11/17 corridor between Thunder Bay and Nipigon.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry

“The Province's ongoing long-term infrastructure investments in expanding highways throughout Northern Ontario will continue to lay the foundation for future economic growth.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Transportation

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