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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, Creating Jobs

Ontario is creating more than 200 jobs with ongoing improvements to the Noden Causeway on Highway 11 near Fort Frances.

Opened in the 1960's, the causeway is a major link over Rainy Lake on the TransCanada Highway for communities west of Thunder Bay. Upgrades include improving above- and below-water support structures and installing new concrete panels on the driving surface to ensure safer, more convenient travel for families and businesses. Construction began recently with completion expected in 2014.

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

  • This initiative is part of a major multi-phase reconstruction of the Noden Causeway.
  • Completed improvements include the installation of new concrete deck components at the east low level and west low level structures.
  • George Armstrong Co. Limited of Fort Frances and Toronto Zenith Contracting have been awarded the contracts.
  • Since 2003, the provincial government has invested more than $4.5 billion in northern highways.
  • 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’s investments in the Northern Highways Program ensure road safety and efficiency for residents and maintain vital transportation links for industries while creating jobs for northerners.”

Rick Bartolucci

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“Our government is improving infrastructure across the province, while creating jobs and strengthening our economy. Projects such as reconstructing the Noden Causeway will help ensure our roads and bridges are safe and in good condition for years to come.”

Bob Chiarelli

Minister of Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation

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