Expanding Highway 11/17 In Thunder Bay Area
McGuinty Government Invests In Northern Transportation Infrastructure
Improved traffic flow, increased safety and 300 new jobs will result from the first major expansion project of Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon.
Through Ontario's Northern Highways Program, a six-kilometre stretch of highway from west of Hodder Avenue/Copenhagen Road to east of Highway 527 will be expanded to four lanes. Other highway improvements will include the construction of a new interchange at Hodder Avenue/Copenhagen Road, realignment of the Terry Fox Scenic Lookout Access Road and a new intersection at Highway 527/Spruce River Road.
Work will begin shortly with completion expected in 2013.
This project is part of the Open Ontario plan to create jobs and economic opportunities in Northern Ontario.
- Teranorth Construction & Engineering of Greater Sudbury was awarded the $41.9 million contract.
- The recent Ontario Budget committed $773 million in northern highway rehabilitation and expansion in 2010-2011.
“I am extremely pleased that we are undertaking this major expansion of Highway 11/17. This stretch of highway is very important to the people and economy of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.”
“By following through on our commitment to expand and improve local highway infrastructure, we are ensuring the overall efficiency of the network and driver safety across the region.”