Ontario Government Investing $19.4 Million in Highway 69 Expansion
Funding Part of Largest Infrastructure Investment in Province’s History
Ontario is investing in the four-laning of Highway 69 between Sudbury and Parry Sound to make travel easier and safer.
Work will begin this summer to realign 2.7 kilometres of CN railway tracks and build three new highway bridges at Highway 522 north of Henvey Inlet. This project will make room for an interchange at highways 69 and 522.
This funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- more than $130 billion over 10 years, which will support more than 110,000 jobs per year on average, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals across the province.
The government's plan to build Ontario up is supported by a number of initiatives, including broadening the ownership of Hydro One -- an approach that raises billions for infrastructure.
Ontario's long-term infrastructure plan will help connect regions, develop new economic opportunities and improve quality of life for Ontarians by supporting critical infrastructure projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities all across the province.
Investing in roads, highways and bridges is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. 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.
- Aecon Construction and Materials Limited has been awarded the $19.4-million contract, with completion anticipated in 2017.
- There are currently two major four-laning contracts underway on Highway 69 north of the French River, totalling 20 kilometres.
- Since 2003, the province has improved 4,366 kilometres of highway and 284 bridges, and constructed 295 kilometres of new highway along with 124 new bridges throughout Northern Ontario.
- Modernizing infrastructure will support more than 110,000 jobs a year on average in construction and related industries.
- A Conference Board of Canada report estimated that Ontario’s public infrastructure investment would add more than $1,000 to the average annual income of Ontarians in 2014 and lower the unemployment rate by about one percentage point.
“I know how important it is for Sudburians to see the completion of four-laning of Highway 69. This is vital to both the economic development of the North as well as the safety of our roads.”
“I am pleased that this contract has been awarded for the continued four-laning of Highway 69 between Sudbury and Parry Sound. This project builds 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 investing in the necessary transportation infrastructure that families and businesses in Northern Ontario rely on daily. Expanding Highway 69 is critical for our economy and job creation in the north, and is proof that Premier Kathleen Wynne and our government are focused on building Ontario up.”
Steven Del Duca