Investing in Highway 11/17 will Help Local Business – Patty Hajdu

The Northern Policy Institute reports that “It is important to explore Northern Ontario highway infrastructure because $1.24 billion in goods are transported along the North’s highways each year.”

DORION – “Investing in a modern and efficient network of roads and highways helps to keep Canadians safe and allows them to get to their destinations on time. The Highway 11/17 four-lane expansion will help local businesses compete, promote a higher quality of life for residents and support the long term economic prosperity of this province,” says Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce and Labour, and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay–Superior North, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

Dorion is very pleased with Hon. Patty Hajdu’s announcement. There is no doubt that the 4-lane section of highway through Dorion will come with a number of benefits, including economic development and a much safer route for the travelling public”, adds  Ed Chambers, Reeve of Dorion Township.

Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce and Labour, and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay–Superior North, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; and Ed Chambers, Reeve of the Township of Dorion, announced funding to expand Highway 11/17 through the Township of Dorion.

The project involves the expansion of an 8.6-kilometre section of Highway 11/17 from the existing two lanes to a four-lane divided highway. Two new bridges will be constructed over the Canadian Pacific Railway line at Ouimet, replacing the existing bridge.

Once completed, the newly expanded highway will improve safety by separating two-way traffic, and reduce travel times for residents of the region. It will also support sustainable development and economic growth for the businesses who rely on this vital East-West corridor to move goods and people.