THUNDER BAY – “Coming on the heels of the completion of the first major expansion project on Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon, this initiative is another important step in the four-laning of this corridor. With this and future projects, we can confidently look forward to the completion of a new four-laned highway that is vital to our future economic prosperity,” enthused Thunder Bay Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle.
Gravelle says that 450 jobs are being created by four-laning another section of Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon. Two new lanes will be added from Highway 527 easterly for 13 kilometres, complementing a four-laning project between Hodder Avenue and Highway 527 completed in Sept. 2012. Construction will begin later this year with completion expected in 2015. Another four-laning project is also underway between Mackenzie Station Road and Birch Beach Road.
Once all expansion work is complete, there will be 33 kilometres of four-lane highway from Hodder Avenue to Birch Beach, ensuring safer, more efficient commutes for families and goods along this important section of Highway 11/17.
- Aecon Construction and Materials Ltd. was awarded the construction contract.
- Since 2003, the provincial government has invested more than $4.5 billion in northern highways.
- Since 2003, the Ontario government has improved 2,560 kilometres of highway and 185 bridges and constructed 105 kilometres of new four lane highway along with 115 new bridges throughout Northern Ontario.