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Improving Highway 17 East of Highway 614

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Improving Highway 17 East of Highway 614

Ontario Government Strengthening Northern Economy, Creating Jobs

Ontario is creating 13 new jobs while improving infrastructure along a stretch of Highway 17 near Marathon.

The Canadian Pacific Railway overhead on Highway 17, east of Marathon, is being removed. As a result of rail line removal, the overhead has become unnecessary. It will be replaced with earth embankment.  

Investing in roads, highways and bridges is part of the Ontario government's Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. A strong northern economy will help create a fairer society and give the people of Ontario even more opportunities.

Quick Facts

  • L.H. North Limited & L.H. Crane and Rigging Limited has been awarded a contract of more than $1.3 million. Work on the project has started.
  • In 2012, Ontario invested $6.3 million to reconstruct 25 kilometres of Highway 614.
  • Since 2003, the province has improved 3,146 kilometres of highway and 187 bridges, and constructed 387 kilometres of new four-lane highway along with 102 new bridges throughout Northern Ontario.

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“I’m extremely pleased that our government continues to support important infrastructure funds like the Northern Highways Program, ensuring that vital transportation links are expanded and improved for local residents, visitors and industries. Upgrading this section of Highway 17 will certainly provide greater safety and improved roadways for northern families and businesses near Marathon.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“Our government is improving infrastructure across the province, which creates jobs and strengthens our economy. Projects such as this will help ensure our roads are safe and in good condition for years to come.”

Glen Murray

Minister of Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation

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