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Ontario Improving Highways in the Northwest

Northern Highways Program Strengthening Provincial Transportation Network

Ontario is continuing to invest in highway infrastructure in the Northwest, supporting economic growth and creating jobs.

Through the Northern Highways Program, the province has awarded contracts totaling $26 million for projects to rehabilitate:

  • 27.5 kilometres of Highway 11 east of Rainy River, along with the culverts at Bunting Creek
  • 20.4 kilometres of Highway 71 south of the Highway 17 junction east of Kenora

This funding will also include culvert replacements in three locations:

  • Rainy River Tributary on Highway 11 east of Rainy River
  • Rae Lake on Highway 17 east of Kenora
  • Suckle, Mineral and Flynne creeks on Highway 11 east of Longlac

The bridge at Crow River on the Northern Ontario Resource Trail north of Pickle Lake will also be replaced.

Work on these projects will occur over the 2016 construction season, and is already underway at some locations.

Improving highway infrastructure is part of the government's economic 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 talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • In 2016-17, Ontario is investing $541 million in highway infrastructure projects across the North through the Northern Highways Program.
  • Pioneer Construction Inc. has been awarded the $11.7-million Highway 11 contract near Rainy River and the $8.2-million Highway 71 contract, expected to be completed in fall 2016.
  • The Sharp Group has been awarded the $718,000 Northern Ontario R Resource Trail Crow River bridge contract.
  • Moncrief Construction Limited has been awarded the $1.1-million Rae Lake arch culvert contract.
  • Wilco Contractors Superior Inc. has been awarded the $4.3-million Highway 11 culverts contract.
  • Investing in roads, highways and bridges is part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario [pdf].

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“Improving highways across Northwestern Ontario is creating jobs and contributing to growth in our local economy. Our government is continuing to invest in rehabilitating transportation infrastructure across the North, allowing Northerners better access to social and economic opportunities and supporting the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.”

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 to help our economy grow and to create jobs in the North, and it is proof that Premier Kathleen Wynne and our government are focused on building Ontario up.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

“Our municipality spans 220 kilometres of TransCanada Highway 11, and connects us with regional and international markets, so we appreciate the Ontario government’s investments in this critical highway infrastructure.”

Renald Beaulieu

Mayor, Municipality of Greenstone

“I want to thank the Ontario government for these latest investments to keep the major highways through our region in good driving condition.”

David Canfield

Mayor, City of Kenora

“I am very pleased that the province is carrying out repairs on Highway 11 to keep traffic flowing safely through our community.”

Deborah Ewald

Mayor, Town of Rainy River

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