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10 New Highway Improvement Projects Underway in Southwestern Ontario

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10 New Highway Improvement Projects Underway in Southwestern Ontario

Province Repaving Highway 3 Through St. Thomas

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is making major improvements to highways, roads and bridges in Southwestern Ontario that will create or sustain more than 21,000 construction jobs across the province and make travel easier for families and businesses. 

There are 10 new construction projects in Southwestern Ontario underway this season. As part of this investment, Ontario is repaving almost 10 kilometres of Highway 3 from Talbotville to west of Centennial Avenue through St. Thomas. The project will create or sustain approximately 43 direct or indirect construction jobs.

The $4.3 million contract for the repaving was awarded to Coco Paving. Early stages of construction are underway with the bulk of the paving to take place in July. As with all highway construction projects, drivers are reminded that speeding fines double in construction zones.

Improving highways in Southwestern Ontario is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years. This investment is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, Ontario announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.

Investing in infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing more than $2.1 billion in road and bridge construction projects this year.
  • Ontario has 16,600 kilometres of provincial highway and 2,000 bridges.

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“We are improving highway infrastructure across the province, while creating jobs and strengthening our economy. This project is proof of our government’s commitment to provide modern infrastructure that will reduce commute times, create jobs and improve the quality of life for Ontarians.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

“Keeping highway surfaces in good condition is important to residents, businesses and tourists traveling on this busy stretch of highway. We appreciate the Provincial government’s commitment to improving infrastructure that provides an opportunity to create jobs and build stronger economic integration across the region and improve the lives of all living in Southwestern Ontario.”

Heather Jackson

Mayor of St. Thomas

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