Highway Construction Improves Roads, Bridges and Creates Jobs in Northeastern Ontario
Ontario Wraps-up Construction for the Season
Ontario continues to expand and improve highways throughout Northern Ontario, creating and sustaining more than 5,500 construction jobs while making travel safer and more efficient for families, visitors and businesses.
Over the course of the 2014 season, northeastern Ontario crews:
- Resurfaced 20 kilometres of Highway 124 from Dunchurch easterly.
- Resurfaced 28 kilometres of Highway 11 near the Highway 64 junction.
- Rehabilitated 17 kilometres of Highway 17, east of Highway 548 to Bruce Mines.
- Rehabilitated the Marten River Bridge.
Work also continues on:
- Bridge rehabilitation projects, including those spanning: Kaibuskong River, Moose Creek, Tedder River, Opishing River, and Cripple Creek.
- Bridge replacement projects, including those spanning:
- Valentine River on Highway 11 west of Hearst.
- Jessie River and Prune Creek on Highway 583 south of Hearst.
- Highway rehabilitation projects, including:
- 22 kilometres on Highway 65 east of Highway 11 in New Liskeard.
- 50 kilometres of Highway 631 northerly from Highway 17.
- 12 kilometres of Highway 11 between Corbeil and Bonfield.
- 48 kilometres of Highway 101, westerly from Highway 144.
- 36 kilometres of Highway 144 north of Cartier.
- Expansion of 20 kilometres of Highway 69 south of Sudbury, including new interchanges at Highway 64 and Crooked Lake Road, and two new bridges spanning the Murdock River.
Improving highways and bridges is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- Northern Ontario has more than 11,000 kilometres of provincial highways – about 60 per cent of the entire provincial highways network.
- Since 2003, the province has improved 4,123 kilometres of highways and 245 bridges, and constructed 582 kilometres of new four-lane highway along with 123 new bridges throughout Northern Ontario.
- Ontario uses new technology and greener construction practices whenever possible, including recycling existing pavement, using recycled and shredded tires for bridge embankment fill, and rapid bridge replacement, which can reduce a year of traffic delays down to two days.
- Learn about the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.
- Read the government’s five-year investment plan for highway construction in Northern Ontario.
- Get up-to-date construction reports on major highways by calling the Ministry of Transportation’s road information line toll-free at 1-800-268-4686 or by dialing 511.
- Building Together, Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan.
“Investment in transportation infrastructure is one of our government’s top priorities. These investments are part of Ontario’s commitment to ensuring safe roadways across the northeast for families, visitors and industry alike. This year was certainly another successful year for the Northern Highways Program and by continuing to invest in the expansion and improvement of vital transportation links, we are helping to support a dynamic business climate in the North and improve the lives of northerners.”
“Our government’s unprecedented transportation infrastructure investments in northeastern Ontario are making our highways and roads safer for families and helping goods move more efficiently across the province. These investments are creating jobs, supporting economic growth, and improving the quality of life for all Ontarians.”
Steven Del Duca