Ontario Expanding Highway 69 Corridor
Province Investing in Northern Highways for Safer Travel and Economic Growth
Ontario is improving highway travel in the Northeast with the addition of a new, four-lane section of Highway 69.
11 kilometres of four-lane highway will soon be fully open to traffic on Highway 69, from north of Highway 64 to north of Highway 607 near the Municipality of French River. The province has invested $61.3 million to complete the project through the Northern Highways Program.
The ongoing expansion of Highway 69 will improve road safety and conditions in Northeastern Ontario and boost economic growth in the region. Earlier this year, the province also awarded a $173.4 million contract to continue work to widen an additional 14 kilometres,from just north of Highway 607 to just north of Highway 522, to four lanes.
Investing in 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 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 infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is 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.
- Work on the latest expansion involved the excavation, embankment, and installation of nearly 3.7 million cubic metres of rock, pavement, and other materials.
- Work included construction of one new bridge underpass at Highway 64 as part of a new interchange.
- To date, Ontario has completed 70 kilometres of the Highway 69 four-lane expansion, 14 kilometres are under construction and 68 kilometres are undergoing engineering and property acquisition.
- Ontario has invested more than $770 million since 2003 to expand and improve 70 kilometres of Highway 69.
- Investing in roads, highways and bridges is part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario [PDF].
“Ontario is committed to ensuring safe and efficient travel for residents, tourists and businesses on our northern highways. Investing in projects like the four-laning of Highway 69 allows us to improve our roads while supporting economic growth.”
“We are another step closer to completing the four-laning of Highway 69 South to Parry Sound. Like all Sudburians, I’m excited with the latest news, as it provides for safer travel and opens the door for increased economic development in our region.”
“Our government is investing in the critical transportation infrastructure that families and businesses in Northern Ontario rely on daily. Expanding Highway 69 is necessary to help our economy grow and create jobs in the North, and is proof that Premier Kathleen Wynne and our government are focused on building Ontario up.”
Steven Del Duca