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Expansion Completed On Gateway To Northern Ontario

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Expansion Completed On Gateway To Northern Ontario

McGuinty Government Creating Jobs and Building a Stronger Northern Economy

Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

Ontario has completed a major expansion of Highway 11 between North Bay and Huntsville on schedule.

The new four-lane highway will make travel easier and safer for families and businesses  and will strengthen tourism and the economy in the North.

Investing in Northern Ontario's roads, highways and bridges is part of the McGuinty government's Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. A strong Northern economy creates local jobs and protects the services that mean the most to families - health care and education.

Quick Facts

  • The Growth Plan for Northern Ontario features a Multi-Modal Transportation Strategy, which includes the development of an integrated air, rail, marine and road strategy, helping to ensure that Northern communities benefit from a viable, efficient and sustainable transportation system.
  • Northern Ontario has almost 11,000 kilometres of highway, about 60 per cent of the entire provincial highway network.
  • The 2012 Budget brings the provincial government's total investment in northern highways to over $4.5 billion since 2003.
  • Since 2003, the Ontario government has invested $717 million in the expansion of Highway 11 between Powassan and Huntsville.
  • 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.

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“Our government has followed through on its commitment to complete the four-laning of Highway 11 by 2012. As one of the largest undertakings ever funded through the Northern Highways Program, our government has invested significantly in advancing safety and promoting economic development and job creation in communities along the Highway 11 corridor.”

Rick Bartolucci

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

Bob Chiarelli

“The completion of the four-laning of Highway 11 is great news for Northeastern Ontario. I am pleased that our investment has finished the job for the families and businesses that depend on this highway corridor.”

Bob Chiarelli

Minister of Transportation, Minister of Infrastructure

Media Contacts

  • Ken Coulter

    Transportation, Trade and Investment Branch



  • James Carleton

    Minister’s Office



  • Julia Bennett

    Communications Branch





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