Northwestern Ontario Highway Improvements Continue
September 22, 2009
McGuinty Government Promotes Economic Development In The North
Ontario is repairing highways 11 and 502 near Fort Frances. These repairs will improve driver safety and boost employment in the North.More than 21 kilometres of Highway 11 and 18 kilometres of Highway 502 will undergo construction including earth and rock ditching and clearing.
These projects are part of the Northern Highways Program.Initial work will be carried out this year with completion scheduled for 2010. This work will create 70 jobs and help people and goods get to their destination more safely and efficiently.
“The Ontario government is creating new economic activity and jobs throughout the region by improving northern transportation infrastructure”
– Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry.
“Expanding and improving transportation infrastructure generates construction jobs and promotes economic growth in the north.”
– Jim Bradley, Minister of Transportation.
• The $5.6-million Highway 11 contract has been awarded to Aecon Construction.
• The $3.9-million Highway 502 contract has been awarded to Pioneer Construction.
• The 2009 Ontario Budget committed $648 million in northern highway rehabilitation and expansion in 2009-2010.
• Investments in Northern Ontario’s highway infrastructure in 2009-10 will create an estimated 4,700 jobs.
Read the Ontario government’s five-year investment plan for highway construction in Northern Ontario.
Get up-to-date road condition information on major highways in the area. You can also call the ministry’s road information line at 416-235-4686, or toll-free at 1-800-268-4686.