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Ontario Investing in Northeast Highways

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Ontario Investing in Northeast Highways

Northern Highways Program Strengthening Province’s Transportation Network

Ontario is making travel easier and safer for residents in the Northeast by repairing and expanding the highway network. 

Through the Northern Highways Program, the province is investing $541 million in highway infrastructure projects across the North in 2016-17.

In Northeastern Ontario, expansion continues on Highway 69 between Sudbury and Parry Sound. The province will be opening 11 kilometres of new four-laning by early August. To date, 70 kilometres have been completed on this project, and an additional 14 kilometres are under construction. Engineering and property acquisition work for the remaining 68 kilometres is currently underway to complete the four-laning.

Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON

Quick Facts

  • On January 25, 2016 the province announced an investment of $173.4 million to four-lane 14 kilometres of Highway 69 from north of Highway 607 to north of Highway 522. Work includes building two new interchanges and 10 new bridges, including four major structures over the Pickerel and French rivers.
  • New construction projects in 2016 include improving 193 kilometres of highway, 14 bridges and 18 culverts in Northeastern Ontario.
  • Since 2013, the province has funded approximately $1.5 billion in highway improvements in the Northeast.
  • Investing in roads, highways and bridges is part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario [pdf].
  • Ontario’s green construction practices for highways and roads include recycling existing pavement, using recycled and shredded tires for bridge embankment fills, and rapid bridge replacement.

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“By investing in transportation infrastructure, our government is demonstrating its commitment to providing safe and reliable roadways for all travellers across Northern Ontario. These projects, supported by the Northern Highways Program, will expand and improve our Northern highway network, grow our economy and create jobs in the North.”

Glenn Thibeault

MPP for Sudbury

“Investing in highways creates jobs, spurs economic growth and ensures safe and efficient travel for Northerners. Under the leadership of Premier Wynne, building up Northern Ontario has been made a priority like no previous government in Ontario's history. Our government is committed to continuing these unprecedented investments in our part of the province.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“These highway improvements will help ensure our roads are safe and maintained in good condition for years to come. In addition, Ontario uses the latest technology and greener construction practices whenever possible. These modern methods help minimize traffic delays and keep construction impacts on the environment to a minimum.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

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