Ontario Continuing to Expand Highway Corridor in the North
Funding Part of Largest Infrastructure Investment in Province’s History
Ontario is making highway travel easier and safer for residents, visitors and businesses with the addition of new travel lanes along Highway 69 between Sudbury and Parry Sound.
Following a $55 million investment from the province, nine kilometres of four-lane highway is now in service on Highway 69 between Highway 64 and the Murdock River. Since 2003, the province has invested more than $770 million to expand and improve a total of fifty-nine kilometres of Highway 69. This ambitious highway expansion is vital to promote future economic growth in Northeastern Ontario.
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 northern highways 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.
- An additional 11 kilometres of Highway 69 from Highway 607 to Highway 64 are under construction and are expected to open to traffic in 2016.
- Work on four-laning the section of Highway 69 between highways 607 and 522 is expected to start in 2016.
- Investing in roads, highways and bridges is part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.
- Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in construction and manufacturing sectors.
“Our government’s investments are continuing to make a positive impact on highway infrastructure throughout Northern Ontario. Expanding Highway 69 will increase economic opportunity in the North by allowing people and goods to travel safely and easily between communities.”
“I am pleased to officially open this new section of expanded highway, which brings us another step closer to realizing our government’s goal of a four-lane corridor between Sudbury and Parry Sound into a reality.”
“The four-laning of Highway 69 reinforces our government’s commitment to investing in the critical transportation infrastructure that families and businesses in Northern Ontario rely on daily. Expanding and improving our northern highway network is necessary for helping our economy grow and creating jobs in the north, and is proof that Premier Kathleen Wynne and our government are focused on building Ontario up.”
Steven Del Duca