Improving Highway 17 Near Mattawa
McGuinty Government Invests In Northern Highway Infrastructure, Creates Jobs
Increased safety and improved traffic flow will result from the improvement of Highway 17 near Mattawa.
With support from Ontario's Northern Highways Program, about 11 kilometres of Highway 17 are being improved from the intersection of Highway 533 through the community of Mattawa.
Construction includes Northern Ontario's first provincial highway roundabout at the intersection of Highway 533. Work will begin later this month with completion scheduled for fall 2011.
This project is creating about 90 jobs. Investing in highway infrastructure is an important part of the Open Ontario plan to create jobs and economic opportunities in Northern Ontario.
- J & P Leveque Bros. Haulage Limited has been awarded the $12.9-million contract.
- A roundabout improves traffic flow, reduces pollution and fuel consumption through the elimination of idling, and reduces the number and severity of collisions.
- The recent Ontario Budget committed $773 million in northern highway rehabilitation and expansion in 2010-2011.
“I am pleased that our government will improve this important stretch of the Trans Canada Highway for visitors to our region and our northern drivers. This project will improve the flow of traffic and help to eliminate unnecessary idling.”
“With another record investment in the Northern Highways program, our government is expanding and improving highway infrastructure for the benefit of residents, visitors and industry.”
“mproving highway infrastructure is promoting economic development and job creation throughout Northern Ontario.”