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Ontario Upgrading Northern Highways and Bridges

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Ontario Upgrading Northern Highways and Bridges

Investments to Improve Safety, Road Conditions and Community Access in the North

Ontario is making highway travel safer and easier across the North by investing in critical infrastructure improvements for northern highways.

Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, was in Thunder Bay today to make the announcement.

As part of the Northern Highways Program, work is underway this summer to expand and repave highways and replace and repair bridges and culverts across the North, helping people travel safely and get 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 in the North is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • In 2017-18, Ontario will invest nearly $630 million in highway infrastructure projects across the North through the Northern Highways Program, an increase of nearly $90 million from 2016-17.
  • Northern Ontario has more than 11,000 kilometres of provincial highways, about 60 per cent of the entire provincial highways network.

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“People across the province rely on the provincial highway network to access important services and expand their economic opportunities. By increasing the funding to this year’s Northern Highways Program, we will be able to help more businesses get their products to market and Northern residents travel safely between communities.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

“Our government’s commitment to investing in the Northern Highways Program will help everyone in Ontario get better and safer access to goods and services in communities across Northern Ontario. By expanding highways that connect communities in the North, we are helping to improve the travel and safety of Northerners.”

Bill Mauro

Minister of Municipal Affairs, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“Ontario 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 continue growing our economy, create jobs in the North, and is proof our government is focused on building up every corner of our province.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

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