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  • July 26, 2013


MacKenzie Stn. Road to Birch Beach Road marks significant progress

July 26, 2013 - The Ontario government has completed improvements to another significant section of Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon. The project created 600 jobs.

A 14-kilometre section from west of Mackenzie Station Road to Birch Beach Road has been expanded to four lanes. This important project will make travel easier and safer for families and businesses while strengthening tourism and the economy in the north.

Investing in roads, highways and bridges is part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. A strong northern economy will help people in their everyday lives and create more opportunities for jobs and economic prosperity.

“Another completed project on Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon reflects our government’s commitment to completing the four-laning of this vital route. Our investment in the expansion of the Highway 11/17 corridor through the Northern Highways Program is paying dividends for the people of the region and will continue to do so for many, many years.”  — Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and MPP, Thunder Bay-Superior North

"Northern highway improvements continue to be a priority for our government. I am pleased with our progress on this particular section of highway, and proud of the investments we have made - and continue to make in highway infrastructure throughout Northern Ontario." -- Bill Mauro, MPP, Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“Our government understands the importance of our commitment to expanding and improving highway infrastructure. We are ensuring the overall efficiency of the network and driver safety across the North while promoting economic development and job creation.” — Glen Murray, Minister of Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation

Bot Construction was awarded the $62 million contract in 2010.

The expansion of the new Nipigon River Bridge has commenced.

Another 13-kilometre section from Highway 527 easterly is currently under construction. There are two more expansion projects planned along this corridor in the future.

The expansion of the Highway 11-17 corridor will involve 104 kilometres.

Every day between 5,000 and 10,000 vehicles travel between Thunder Bay and Nipigon on Highway 11/17.

Since 2003, the province has invested nearly $5 billion in northern highways. These investments have improved 3,146 kilometres of highway and 187 bridges, and constructed 387 kilometres of new four-lane highway along with 102 new bridges throughout Northern Ontario.

Read the Ontario government’s five-year investment plan for highway construction in Northern Ontario.

Get up-to-date construction reports on major highways by calling the Ministry of Transportation’s road information line toll-free at 1-800-268-4686 or by dialing 511.

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