Highway Improvements Underway in Southwestern Ontario
Ontario Government Creating Jobs, Building a Stronger Economy
Ontario is making major improvements to the province's highways, roads and bridges, which is supporting more than 20,000 construction jobs across the province and making travel easier for families and businesses.
Key highway improvements in southwestern Ontario include:
- Repairing 14 bridges and resurfacing on Highway 7/85 from Krug Street to Waterloo Regional Road 15 in Kitchener-Waterloo
- Resurfacing Highway 21 between Bayfield and Goderich
- Repaving and replacing culverts on Highway 89 between Harriston and Mount Forest
- Replacing the Dodd's Creek Culvert on Highway 4 and repairing the Kettle Creek Branch, Balaclava Street, First Avenue and Burwell Road bridges on Highway 3 in St. Thomas and Southwold
- Repairing seven bridges on Highway 403 between Paris Road and Wayne Gretzky Parkway in Brantford
Investing in modern infrastructure is part of the government's six-point plan to create jobs, help Ontario seize new opportunities for economic growth and help people in their everyday lives.
- The 2013 budget proposes an investment of more than $35 billion over the next three years, which would support over 100,000 jobs on average each year.
- About 1,600 jobs will be created or sustained in southwestern Ontario during this year’s construction season.
- Ontario has 16,900 kilometres of provincial highway and approximately 2,800 bridges.
- Ontario uses new technology and greener construction practices whenever possible, including recycling existing pavement, using recycled and shredded tires for bridge embankment fill, and rapid bridge replacement, which can reduce a year of traffic delays down to two days.
“Our government is committed to improving Ontario’s infrastructure across the province. These projects will create jobs, strengthen the economy and help keep goods and people moving for years to come.”
“Ontario roads and bridges are integral to keeping Ontario families and goods moving safely and efficiently. The Ontario government is invested in improving our transportation network and creating jobs across the province.”