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  • September 14, 2012

EXPANSION COMPLETED ON HIGHWAY 11/17 NEAR THUNDER BAY

Gravelle officially opens first section of four-laned highway

September 14, 2012 - Ontario has completed a six-kilometre expansion of Highway 11/17 east of Thunder Bay nearly a year ahead of schedule.

The project supported about 400 jobs and included building a new interchange at Hodder Avenue and relocating the access road for the Terry Fox Scenic Lookout. The new four-lane divided highway will strengthen the northern transportation network by improving travel times and making travel easier and safer for families and businesses.

Another 14-kilometre section of the highway from Mackenzie Road to Birch Beach is currently under construction and scheduled for completion next year, with four more expansion projects planned.

Investing in Northern Ontario’s roads, highways and bridges is part of the McGuinty 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.

QUOTES

“The completion of this first section of the four-lane highway between Thunder Bay and Nipigon is a proud moment for me as MPP. I began the campaign to see this happen when I was first elected in 1995. Today, as we celebrate the opening of this first stage of the new highway, several other four-lane sections are under construction and more will follow. I couldn't be more pleased that the McGuinty government is committed to the completion of this vital highway project — one that will dramatically improve safety and increase the economic viability of the region." — Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay - Superior North

“The completion of this section of four-laning is further evidence of our government's ongoing commitment to major highway improvements in the northwest. Since 2003, we've made record-breaking investments in our northern highways that have strengthened our local economy and created jobs. We're looking forward to more progress in the months ahead.”— Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay - Atikokan

“Through the Northern Highways Program, our government has invested significantly in four-laning projects that are making our northern roads safer while supporting economic growth and job creation for northerners.” — Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“By improving highway infrastructure across the province, our government is creating jobs and strengthening our economy. Projects like this one on Highway 11/17 are essential for future economic development in the North.”— Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Infrastructure

QUICK FACTS

  • 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

LEARN MORE

  • 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 of Transportation’s road information line toll-free at 1-800-268-4686 or by dialing 511.

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