Ontario Invests in Northeastern Highways
Funding Part of Largest Infrastructure Investment in Province’s History
Ontario is investing in highway infrastructure projects, making travel easier and safer by improving driving conditions in Northeastern Ontario.
With an investment of more than $69 million through the province's Northern Highways Program, the following rehabilitation projects will improve bridges, culverts and roads:
- Rehabilitation of the French River Bridge on Highway 69, which will become a service road for residents and tourists once the future four-lane highway opens
- New and expanded passing lanes on Highway 17 between Verner and Sturgeon Falls, and work on the Big Cache Creek culvert
- Resurfacing of Highway 144 between Cartier and Onaping, and new culverts and resurfacing of sections between Chelmsford and Onaping as part of the multi-year rehabilitation of Highway 144 between Timmins and Greater Sudbury
- Resurfacing 20.4 kilometres of Highway 11 west of the Highway 631 junction
- Resurfacing 23.4 kilometres of Highway 108 south of Elliot Lake and replacing culverts, improving drainage and guide rails
- Realigning of 3.2 kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway 66 at Virginiatown
This funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- more than $130 billion over 10 years, which is making 110,000 jobs possible every year across Ontario, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals across the province.
These much-needed investments are supported by a number of initiatives, including broadening the ownership of Hydro One -- an approach that raises billions for infrastructure while ensuring consumers are protected.
By unlocking the value of provincial assets, the government is supporting critical projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities all across Ontario.
Supporting 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.
- 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.
- Ontario uses new technology and greener construction practices whenever possible. These projects use precast concrete bridge components to accelerate construction and reduce traffic delays.
- Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in construction and manufacturing sectors.
- Investing in roads, highways and bridges is part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario
“Our government’s $69-million investment will make driving in the North safer for everyone and will have a significant impact on the further development of the Northern economy.”
“Ontario is committed to ensuring safe and efficient travel for residents, tourists and businesses on our northern highway network. Investing in these projects allows us to maintain reliable roads, while supporting economic growth.”
“Today’s important announcement 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