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Record amount spent on northern highways

In the next two years, the Ontario government is investing a record $773 million in the Northern Highways Program, surpassing last year’s previous record amount by $125 million – an increase of almost 20 per cent.
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Northern Mayors and officials welcomed the Ontario government's plan to bring road construction to their communities.

In the next two years, the Ontario government is investing a record $773 million in the Northern Highways Program, surpassing last year’s previous record amount by $125 million – an increase of almost 20 per cent.

Three major projects from the 2010 Ontario budget have been confirmed:

The Nipigon River Bridge and approximately three kilometres approaching the bridge from both directions will be four-laned beginning in 2011. 

Twelve kilometres between Red Rock Road No. 9 and Still Water Creek, near Nipigon is expected to be twinned in 2012.

Approximately 13 kilometres of Highway 11/17 from Highway 527 to west of Mackenzie Station Road will be expanded. This project will begin in 2012. Once complete, this will create a continuous 33-kilometre stretch of four-lane divided highway east out of Thunder Bay.

Between 5,000 and 10,000 vehicles a day travel along Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon — a strategic link in the Trans-Canada Highway System that in some sections has no alternate route in the event of a road closure.

The government is spending nearly $1.2 billion in the province to improve highways, hospitals, water and wastewater systems and other infrastructure, which is expected to support 10,000 jobs in 2010-11.



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