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New section of road opens on Highway 69

Fourteen kilometres of road have been four-laned in French River area
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A crew from Looby Construction works on the French River bridge construction along Highway 69 in 2020.

The province has opened a new section of Highway 69 in the French River area.

Fourteen kilometres have been widened from two to four lanes. The new section stretches between just north of Highway 522 to north of Highway 607. The expansion also includes two new interchanges.

J & P Leveque Bros. Haulage of Bancroft acted as general contractor on this $200-million section of highway.

“The opening of the new Highway 69 lanes is a gamechanger for French River and Sudbury residents,” Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford said in a Dec. 23 news release.

“By expanding this section of Highway 69, we will see improved safety and traffic flow in the region. The expansion will also create jobs and boost economic growth in Northern Ontario.”

The project is part of a larger initiative to four-lane 152 kilometres of Highway 69 between Parry Sound and Sudbury that began in 2004.

The final 68-kilometre section of widening between French River and Parry Sound is in the engineering and property acquisition phase.