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Improving Signage on Highway 11 in Northeastern Ontario

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Improving Signage on Highway 11 in Northeastern Ontario

McGuinty Government Invests In Safer Northern Transportation Infrastructure

New Variable Message Signs on Highway 11 in Northeastern Ontario will lead to increased safety for visitors and residents.

Under Ontario's Northern Highways Program Safety Initiative, three signs will be installed on eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 11 near Driftwood and on the northbound lane of Highway 11 near Matheson.  The signs will provide motorists with up-to-date information about road conditions as well as safety messages and Amber Alerts.

The project is expected to begin in mid-October and is scheduled for completion in June, 2011. It is part of the Open Ontario plan to create jobs and opportunities in Northern Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • Weinmann Electric Limited of Fort Erie was awarded the $1.6-million contract.
  • Last year, four signs were installed on Highway 17 and Highway 11 near North Bay and Highway 11 near Cobalt.
  • Since 2003, through the Northern Highways Program, more than 2,500 kilometres of highway and 185 bridges have been improved and more than 100 kilometres of new four lane highway along with 115 new bridges have been constructed.

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“The new signs will bring a greater measure of safety to motorists throughout the region.”

David Ramsay

MPP for Timiskaming-Cochrane

“These are the latest in a series of VMS installations at strategic locations across Northern Ontario, reflecting out continuing commitment to improving safety for the motoring public.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry

“Our ongoing investment in highways is making our roads safer as well as promoting economic development and job creation throughout Northern Ontario.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Transportation

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