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Making Highways Safer in Northeastern Ontario

Critical Infrastructure Improvements Made Throughout 2016 Construction Season

Ontario is continuing its work to make highway travel safer and more efficient for travellers, and strengthen the economy in the North by improving critical infrastructure such as roads and bridges.

During the 2016 construction season, the province made significant progress to repair and expand local infrastructure in the northeast region, including the continuation of the four-laning of sections of Highway 69 south of Sudbury.

These projects are part of the province's Northern Highways Program, which includes adding passing lanes, resurfacing sections of highway and rehabilitating and replacing bridges in communities across Northern Ontario to help keep families safe and get people where they need to go.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Investing in highway infrastructure is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Northern Ontario has more than 11,000 kilometres of provincial highways, about 60 per cent of the entire provincial highways network.
  • Investing in roads, highways and bridges is part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario [pdf].
  • Starting in 2014-15, across the province, Ontario is building a record number of new roads, transit projects, hospitals, schools and other critical infrastructure totalling $160 billion over 12 years. This represents the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history.

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“Maintaining and upgrading our highways is crucial to the economy in Northern Ontario. We have moved another step closer to completing the four-laning of Highway 69. This not only means safer travel, but also opens the door for major growth in tourism across our region.”

Glenn Thibeault

MPP for Sudbury and Minister of Energy

“Ontario is committed to maintaining reliable highways in the North to ensure that people can get where they need to go safely and efficiently, whether for work, school, medical appointments or visiting. These investments have gone a long way to improve the road conditions and safety of the travellers in the North, and are essential for supporting Northerners’ quality of life.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

““Ontario is investing in the critical transportation infrastructure that families and businesses in Northern Ontario rely on. Expanding and improving our northern highway network helps our economy grow and creates jobs in the North – further proof that Premier Kathleen Wynne and our government are focused on building every community in Ontario up.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

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