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Ontario Government Investing $11.1 Million in Manitoulin Highway

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Ontario Government Investing $11.1 Million in Manitoulin Highway

Northern Highways Program Improving Highway 540

Ontario is investing in northern highway infrastructure on Manitoulin Island to make travel easier and safer.

Work will begin this spring to resurface 16 kilometres of Highway 540 west of Kagawong, replace culverts at Bond Creek, Burnt Creek, Wittys Creek and Ice Lake, rehabilitate the Kagawong Creek culvert, and replace the Kagawong Creek Tributary bridge. Portable traffic signals will regulate temporary lane closures on structures during construction.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in the province's history -- more than $134 billion over 10 years, which is making 110,000 jobs possible every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In the last six months of 2015, the province announced support for nearly 200 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.

Investing in highway infrastructure is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. 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, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • In 2015-16 Ontario is investing $560-million in highway infrastructure projects across the North through the Northern Highways Program.
  • Pioneer Construction Inc. has been awarded the $11.1-million contract, with completion expected in 2017.
  • Investing in roads, highways and bridges is part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

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“Our government’s investment in the Northern Highways Program ensures that vital transportation links in Northern Ontario are expanded and improved. This project will improve traffic flow and safety between Little Current and Gore Bay for the residents and thousands of visitors from all over the world who are drawn to Manitoulin Island each year.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“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

Minister of Transportation

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