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 governmentâ€™s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. A strong northern economy creates local jobs and protects the services that mean the most to families â€” health care and education.
â€œThanks 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.â€â€” Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North and Minister of Northern Development and Mines
â€œOur 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.â€ â€” Glen Murray, Minister of Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation
Read the Ontario governmentâ€™s five-year investment plan for highway construction in Northern Ontario.
Get up-to-date construction reports on major highways. You can call the ministryâ€™s road information line toll-free at 1-800-268-4686.
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