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  • March 08, 2013


Hwy 11-17 four-laning continues with innovative new bridge design

March 8, 2013 - The construction of a new cable-stayed bridge, the first ever in Ontario, is a key element in the expansion of Highway 11/17 east of Thunder Bay which will promote economic development and improve travel for residents and industry.

The work will include replacing the existing two lane structure with a new four lane bridge. The approaches to the bridge will be widened to four-lanes. Furthermore, the structure will include a walkway.

A tender call has been issued for the bridge construction. Following a successful contract award, work is scheduled to begin in June with completion in 2017.

Investing in roads, highways and bridges is part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. A strong northern economy creates local jobs and protects the services that mean the most to families — health care and education.

“Thanks to the Northern Highways Program, the expansion of the Highway 11-17 corridor will continue with this exciting project. The Nipigon River Bridge will be a very bold and striking structure that will be more than a vital link for traffic on this expanded part of the TransCanada Highway. It will be a landmark structure that will not only serve drivers but also become a destination attraction in its own right.”— Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North and Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“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


  • A cable-stayed bridge consists of one or more towers with cables supporting the bridge deck. This bridge will be the first of its kind on the provincial highway system.
  • A six-kilometre stretch of four-lane divided highway on this corridor between Hodder Avenue and Highway 527 was completed last September.
  • Another 14-kilometre section of Highway 11/17 from Mackenzie Road to Birch Beach is currently under construction in addition to a 13-kilometre section from Highway 527 easterly. There are two more expansion projects planned along this corridor in the future.
  • Since 2003, the Ontario government has invested more than $4.5 billion in northern highways.
  • Since 2003, the province has improved 2,560 kilometres of highway and 185 bridges, and constructed 105 kilometres of new four-lane highway along with 115 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. You can call the ministry’s road information line toll-free at 1-800-268-4686.

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