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Sudbury road builder snags Highway 11-17 four-lane project

Construction on 14-kilometre stretch of Trans-Canada begins this fall

Sudbury-headquartered Teranorth Construction and Engineering has been awarded a $107-million contract to continue with the ongoing twinning of Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon.

The project covers a 14.4-kilometre stretch just east of Highway 587 towards Nipigon. Two new bridges - one eastbound, one westbound - will be built over the Pearl River, along with some culvert work at Oyster Creek, drainage improvements and new lighting at various municipal road intersections.

Construction starts this fall and wraps up sometime in 2026.

Road construction to expand Highway 11-17 to four lanes began in 2010.

Once this particular section of road is finished, the government said 72 of the 106 kilometres on this part of the Trans-Canada Highway, between Thunder Bay and Nipigon, will be four lanes.

“Awarding this contract for this critical stretch of Highway 11/17 is an exciting milestone that will get shovels in the ground this year,” said provincial Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney in a statement.

“This is a critical project which will create jobs, reduce commute times and increase road safety,” added Thunder Bay-Superior North MP Patty Hajdu.