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Highway Investments Create Jobs in the North

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Highway Investments Create Jobs in the North

Northern Highways Program Improving Roads and Bridges, Creating Jobs

Ontario continues to expand and improve highways throughout Northern Ontario, making travel safer and more efficient for residents, visitors and industry while sustaining and creating more than 5,000 jobs annually.

The government's investment in the 2014-15 Northern Highways Program totals $527 million to support highway rehabilitation and expansion projects across the North. Key projects include:

  • Continued four-laning of Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon with 20 kilometres already completed and another 17 kilometres under construction
  • Approved funding for expansion of an additional 16 kilometres of Highway 11/17, with contracts to be tendered in fall 2014
  • Continued expansion of Highway 69 between Parry Sound and Sudbury, with 20 kilometres currently under construction.

Over the last decade, Ontario's record investments in the provincial highway network have shown significant results, including:

  • Over 4,700 kilometres of new or repaired provincial highways in the North
  • Expanding Highway 69 with approximately 50 kilometres of new four-lane highway between Sudbury and Parry Sound
  • Construction of the new Nipigon River Bridge, which will be the first cable-stayed bridge on the provincial highway system.

Investing in roads, highways and bridges is part of the government's plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate. 

Quick Facts

  • Northern Ontario has almost 11,000 kilometres of highway - about 60 per cent of the entire provincial highway network.
  • Since 2003, the province has improved 4,123 kilometres of highway and 245 bridges, and constructed 582 kilometres of new four-lane highway along with 123 new bridges throughout Northern Ontario.

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“Our Northern Highways Program helps spur economic development and improve the quality of life for countless residents, industries and visitors throughout the North. Locally, it’s driving the expansion of the Thunder Bay-Nipigon corridor which is a major project for northwestern Ontario that continues to improve safety and create good jobs.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“This program reflects the high priority our government has placed on the expansion and improvement of northern highways. Our investments in highway infrastructure are creating jobs and fostering prosperity throughout Northern Ontario.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

“2014 will be another year of major investment in Northern Highways. Our government continues to address road conditions, road safety and four-laning through these projects, and also appreciates the economy created as this work moves forward.”

Bill Mauro

MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“Our government is delivering on our commitment to increase funding for transportation infrastructure in Northern Ontario and the acceleration of the Northern Highways Program. This significant investment will support economic growth and job creation in our region and enhance road safety for Northern drivers.”

David Orazietti

MPP Sault Ste. Marie

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