Ontario Reaches Milestone in Construction of Nipigon River Bridge
Westbound Lanes Opening to Traffic
Ontario has reached a significant milestone in the construction of the province's first cable-stayed bridge, located at the Nipigon River crossing on Highway 11/17.
With the westbound lanes of the new Nipigon River Bridge opening tomorrow to two-way traffic, the first phase of construction is complete. Work on the new eastbound lanes and demolition of the existing two-lane bridge continues. The $106-million project, funded through the province's Northern Highways Program, began in 2013 and is expected to be complete in 2017. The bridge will consist of three towers with cables supporting the bridge deck and a separate sidewalk for pedestrians.
This project is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- more than $134 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.
Between April and September, the province announced support for more than 200 projects that will keep people and goods moving, strengthen the economy, connect communities and improve quality of life. This project builds on that progress.
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.
Investing in highway infrastructure 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.
- In 2015-16 Ontario is investing $560-million in highway infrastructure projects across the North through the Northern Highways Program.
- Ontario’s population is expected to grow by approximately 40 per cent by 2041, placing additional importance on having modern infrastructure to support a growing population.
- 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.
“I am very excited to be one step closer to the completion of the Nipigon River Bridge project, truly the crown jewel in our commitment to four-lane the highway between Thunder Bay and Nipigon. This project has been a personal goal of mine and I couldn’t be more pleased that our government, through the Northern Highways Program, has been able to make the investments needed to see this major infrastructure project happen.”
“Our government is 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