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Ontario Investing $2.1 Million in Highway 17

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Ontario Investing $2.1 Million in Highway 17

Northern Highways Program Strengthening Provincial Transportation Network

Ontario is investing in northern highway infrastructure near Nipigon to make travel easier and safer.

Through Ontario's Northern Highways Program, the province is investing $2.1 million to rehabilitate the Ozone Creek crossing on Highway 17 east of Nipigon. Work will begin this spring and is expected to be completed in fall 2016.

This project is part of the largest infrastructure investment in the Ontario'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.
  • The province has awarded the $2.186-million contract to L H North Ltd. & L H Crane and Rigging Ltd.
  • 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 are improved and expanded across the North. This project will contribute to keeping the heavily travelled Trans-Canada Highway on Lake Superior’s Northern shore in good condition for both residents and visitors for years to come.”

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

“These continued investments are both an economic benefit to our communities in the short term but also needed safety enhancements for the future.”

Richard Harvey

Mayor of the Township of Nipigon

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