Ontario Government Awards Important Contracts to Four-lane Highway 11/17
Continues to Build Highway Expansion in Northwest
The Ontario government is investing almost $120 million to four-lane two sections of Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon:
- 32.7 million is being invested to four-lane a 6.6 kilometre section of Highway 11/17 between Birch Beach and Pass Lake. The design phase of the project will begin immediately, with completion by late fall 2017.
- 84.8 million is being invested to four-lane an 11.8 kilometre section of Highway 11/17 from Red Rock Road #9 to Stillwater Creek. Construction equipment is expected to arrive at the site early this summer, with completion in summer 2021.
Investing in roads, highways and bridges is part of the government's plan for Ontario. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- The Contractor, Teranorth Construction and Engineering Ltd., recently completed the Hodder Avenue to Highway 527 four-laning project; the first stage of the four- laning between Thunder Bay and Nipigon.
- Teranorth expects significant rock blasting and excavation during the summer and into this winter on the new two lanes.
- With these two contracts awarded, over 50% of the four-laning between Thunder Bay and Nipigon is underway or complete.
“I am pleased that these contracts have been awarded for the continued four-laning of Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon. These projects build on our commitment to make travel on our northern highways easier and safer for families and businesses while strengthening tourism and the economy in the North.”
“Today's important announcement reinforces our government’s commitment to building the necessary transportation infrastructure in Northern Ontario that will keep our province moving forward. The four-laning of Highway 11/17 is a critical part of our province’s historic $31.5B Moving Ontario Forward plan, and is proof that Premier Kathleen Wynne and our government are focused on building Ontario up.”
Steven Del Duca