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Improving Highway 17 Infrastructure Near Marathon

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Improving Highway 17 Infrastructure Near Marathon

Ontario Government Strengthening Northern Economy, Creating Jobs

The Ontario government is creating 29 new jobs while preparing a section of Highway 17 east of Marathon for future improvements.

A detour is being constructed around the Pic River Bridge near Marathon that will involve the installation of a 198-metre single-lane modular bridge. The detour will divert traffic while the Pic River Bridge is rebuilt during the 2014 construction season.

Improving highways, roads and bridges across Northern Ontario helps create jobs now and in the future, while making travel safer and easier for local residents, visitors and businesses. This is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, invest in modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • Teranorth Construction and Engineering Limited has been awarded the $2.9-million contract. Work on the project is currently underway with completion expected in spring 2014.
  • The Ontario government has introduced a new three-part plan to help create jobs and economic growth: investing in people, building modern infrastructure and supporting a dynamic and innovative business climate.
  • Since 2003, we have rehabilitated 3,624 kilometres of highway and 212 bridges, and we have built 524 kilometres of new highway and 121 new bridges throughout Northern Ontario.

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“Our investment in the Northern Highways Program ensures that vital transportation links are expanded and improved while continuing to create good jobs for Northerners. By upgrading this section of Highway 17, we will certainly provide greater safety and improved roadways for northern families, visitors and businesses.”

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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