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Ontario Investing in Northwest Highways

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Ontario Investing in Northwest Highways

Northern Highways Program Strengthening Province’s Transportation Network

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

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

This investment includes the ongoing expansion of the Highway 11/17 corridor between Thunder Bay and Nipigon. Construction is underway on 19.5 kilometres of four-laning, as well as the Nipigon River bridge and approaches.

In addition, the province recently approved funding for the expansion of an additional 15.1 kilometres in the corridor. These contracts are expected to be tendered by 2018. To date, more than half of the four-laning of this 105-kilometre corridor is now complete, under construction or in design.

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

  • Since 2013, the province has committed nearly $1 billion to highway infrastructure projects in Northwestern Ontario.
  • The 2016 construction season schedule includes improving 551 kilometres of highway, 23 bridges and 54 culverts in Northern Ontario.
  • The northern highway system is 10,775 kilometres in length and comprises roughly 60 per cent of the entire provincial highway network.
  • 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 roadwork include recycling existing pavement, using recycled and shredded tires for bridge embankment fills and rapid bridge replacement.

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“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

“Investment in our Northern highways is an investment in the future of Northern communities, businesses and families. Connecting our communities with safe and efficient roads is a foundational part of our government’s plan to build up the North.”

Bill Mauro

MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“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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