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Highway constructi​on season wraps up in Northeaste​rn Ontario

Ministry of Northern Development and Mines News Release ***** The Ontario government has made major improvements to highways, roads and bridges in Northeastern Ontario, creating 5,500 construction jobs and ensuring safer, more convenient rides for fa
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Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

News Release

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The Ontario government has made major improvements to highways, roads and bridges in Northeastern Ontario, creating 5,500 construction jobs and ensuring safer, more convenient rides for families and businesses. 

Over the course of the 2013 construction season, crews:

•Completed a new state-of-the-art patrol yard on Highway 69 south of Sudbury
•Resurfaced more than 24 kilometres of Highway 144 north of Cartier
•Reconstructed more than 13 kilometres of Highway 535 near Noelville
•Reconstructed more than 16 kilometres of Highway 11 near Powassan
•Reconstructed more than 34 kilometres of Highway 65 near New Liskeard
•Built five new passing lanes on Highway 11 south of Cochrane
•Resurfaced more than 16 kilometres of Highway 124 near Magnetawan
•Replaced many bridges, including the Englehart River, Aidie Creek, Blanche River, Beaver Creek, Wright Creek and Amable Dufond River bridges.

Work also continues on the expansion of Highway 69 south of Sudbury to Parry Sound.

Improving highways, roads and bridges is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, invest in modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

•Ontario is investing $2.2 billion to build and repair provincial highways and bridges across the province this year.
•More than 20,000 construction jobs have been created or sustained in Ontario this year.
•Northern Ontario has more than 11,000 kilometres of provincial highway.
•Ontario uses new technology and greener construction practices whenever possible, including recycling existing pavement, using recycled and shredded tires for bridge embankment fill, and rapid bridge replacement, which can reduce a year of traffic delays down to two days.

Quotes

"By continuing to invest in the expansion and improvement of vital transportation links, our government is helping create or sustain thousands of good jobs for northerners. This year was certainly another successful year for the Northern Highways Program as our government continues to provide greater safety and improved roadways for families across northeastern Ontario as well as visitors and businesses alike.”

Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines

"Our government is investing in transportation infrastructure to help keep families and goods moving safely and efficiently across northeastern Ontario. These investments will create jobs, strengthen our economy and improve our quality of life.”

Glen R. Murray, Minister of Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation

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