September 6, 2013 - Ontario is continuing to invest in Northern Ontarioâ€™s highway infrastructure, supporting economic growth and job creation.
With support from the provinceâ€™s Northern Highways Program, construction has begun on a new four-lane cable-stayed bridge on Highway 11-17 east of Nipigon. The first phase of construction is now underway, which includes building two additional lanes to improve traffic flow on this vital stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway.
Continuing to invest in roads, highways and bridges is a key part of the Ontario governmentâ€™s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. Building a strong northern economy will help create a fair society, and give the people of Ontario more opportunities for economic prosperity.
"I am tremendously pleased to announce that with support from our government, construction has begun on the Nipigon River Bridge project. Once completed, the Nipigon River Bridge will be a magnificent structure and will certainly improve travel and increase safety for countless local residents, visitors, businesses. This bridge will be the first of its kind in Ontario and with its bold and innovative design, the bridge will surely become a destination attraction in its own right." â€” Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North and Minister of Northern Development and Mines
"Our government is improving infrastructure across the province, which creates jobs and strengthens our economy. Projects such as this will help ensure our roads are safe and in good condition for years to come." â€” Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation
• Ontario is supporting more than 1,000 jobs with the construction of this new four-lane cable-stayed bridge.
• Bot Ferrovial Nipigon Joint Venture was awarded the $106-million contract, and expects the project to be completed in 2017.
• The cable-stayed bridge will be the first of its kind on the Ontario highway system. It will consist of three towers with cables supporting the bridge deck and a separate sidewalk for pedestrians.
• In September 2012, a six-kilometre stretch of four-lane highway was completed on Highway 11-17 east of Thunder Bay between Hodder Avenue and Highway 527. Another 14-kilometre section of this corridor from Mackenzie Road to Birch Beach was completed in July 2013.
• Since 2003, the Ontario government has improved more than 3,146 kilometres of highway and 187 bridges, in addition to constructing 387 kilometres of new four-lane highway along with 102 new bridges throughout Northern Ontario.
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