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Province outlines road rehab plan for Northern Ontario

Investment of $625 million set aside for 2020-2021
Highway 69 four-laning work being done near the French River in 2017. (Supplied photo)

The province has released a new interactive map listing the road-building projects that are underway or in the planning stages for 2020-2022.

Released on July 16, the online tool allows visitors to search the database by region and highway.

In 2020-2021, the province has set aside $625 million for the work.

Major projects on the docket for this year include building new passing lanes and improving signage and lighting, the ongoing four-laning of Highway 69 south of Sudbury, as well as the four-laning of Highway 17 between Kenora and the Manitoba border.

An additional $1.6 billion will be spent on southern Ontario roads, for a total allotment of $2.6 billion.

The province estimated these projects would create or sustain roughly 15,830 direct and indirect jobs.

Northern Ontario has nearly 11,000 kilometres of highway – or about 60 per cent of the entire provincial highway network -- according to the province.