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Improving Highway 11 Near Fort Frances

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Improving Highway 11 Near Fort Frances

McGuinty Government Strengthening Northern Economy

The province is resurfacing 24 kilometres of Highway 11 with support from the Northern Highways Program. The work will take place on a section stretching from 5.6 kilometres west of Highway 71 junction easterly to near the junction of Highway 613. 

Improvements on Highway 11 west of Fort Frances will provide better driving conditions, create about 35 jobs and support the economy in the north.

Investing in Ontario's roads, highways, transit, hospitals and schools is part of the government's plan to create jobs, grow local economies and ensure the province remains strong and competitive for years to come.

Quick Facts

  • Pioneer Construction was awarded the $5.2 million contract.
  • The project will begin this month and be completed in September, 2011. During construction the existing roadway will be reduced to a single lane to facilitate paving.
  • Since 2003, the Ontario government has improved 2,560 kilometres of highway and 185 bridges, and constructed 105 kilometres of new four lane highway along with 115 new bridges throughout Northern Ontario.
  • In June, Ontario had an increase of more than 40,000 jobs and the unemployment rate declined to 7.7 percent.

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“As the Northern Ontario economy continues to turn the corner, we are investing in highway infrastructure, promoting job creation and economic development for the benefit of northerners.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry

“Thanks to our record investment in infrastructure over 600,000 jobs have been created or protected and we now have roads, bridges, community centres, schools and hospitals to show for it. These improvements to Highway 11 will create jobs, help stimulate the local economy and will improve road safety.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Transportation

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