January 22, 2013 - Ontario is conducting a preliminary design study and environmental assessment to make travelling on the Thunder Bay Expressway easier and safer for families and businesses.
The study will identify improvements on a 13-kilometre section along Highway 11/17 between Arthur Street and Balsam Street. Possible improvements include widening to a four-lane divided roadway and building new interchanges. The study will begin this summer and is expected to be completed by 2015.
Investing in Northern Ontarioâ€™s 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€œAs part of the our governmentâ€™s long-term infrastructure plan, we are improving Ontarioâ€™s northern roads to keep drivers safe while creating good local jobs that will help strengthen Thunder Bayâ€™s economy. Improvements to this stretch of highway are important to families and businesses and, combined with our commitment to the four-laning of Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon, confirms our government's commitment to major infrastructure improvements in Thunder Bay and northwestern Ontario"â€” Michael Gravelle, MPP, Thunder Bay-Superior North
â€œSince 2003, we have made major investments in northern highway infrastructure, including four-laning of Highway 11/17 and providing road and bridge money to our local municipalities. Todayâ€™s announcement by our government continues that commitment to improve road safety for our drivers and creates local employment at the same time. Thunder Bay and northwestern Ontario will see the benefit of these investments for years to come.â€â€” Bill Mauro, MPP, Thunder Bay-Atikokan
Northern Ontario has almost 11,000 kilometres of highway, about 60 per cent of the entire provincial highway network.
The 2012 Budget brings the provincial government's total investment in northern highways to over $4.5 billion since 2003.
Since 2003, the Ontario government 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
Northern Highways Program
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