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Ontario Investing $2.1 Million in Highway 583

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Ontario Investing $2.1 Million in Highway 583

Northern Highways Program Strengthening Provincial Transportation Network

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

Through the Northern Highways Program,the province is investing $2.1 million to rehabilitate the Obijou River crossing on Highway 583 south of Hearst. Work will begin this spring and is expected to be completed in fall 2016.

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 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 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 $2.1-million contract to GDB Constructeurs.
  • Investing in roads, highways and bridges is part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

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“Investments through the Northern Highways Program ensure that transportation infrastructure across Northern Ontario is expanded and improved. This project to upgrade Highway 583 will provide greater safety and improved driving conditions for travellers in the North.”

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

“Hearst is a regional service centre, so having a project like this is very positive for the residents and businesses in our area that travel Highway 583. I support Ontario’s commitment to ensuring safe and efficient travel on our northern highways.”

Roger Sigouin

Mayor, Town of Hearst

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