Northern Highway Improvements Around The Corner



    McGuinty Government Invests In Highway Upgrade, Creating Up To 700 Jobs

    TORONTO, May 15 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is creating jobs and strengthening Northwestern Ontario's economy
by improving the Trans-Canada Highway near the Manitoba-Ontario border.
    The Province of Ontario and Government of Canada are upgrading a
10-kilometre stretch of the highway. The highway will be expanded from two to
four lanes, improving traffic flow and trade. About 4,000 vehicles use this
section of Highway 17 each day, and traffic nearly doubles in the summer
months.
    The $100-million project is scheduled to begin in 2010, pending
environmental assessment, and will create up to 700 direct and indirect jobs.
The costs of the project will be split equally between Ontario and the federal
government with each contributing $50 million.
    A route planning and design study is also underway to expand an
additional 30 kilometres of highway between the Manitoba-Ontario border and
Kenora.

    QUOTES

    "Improving Highway 17 will create jobs, ease traffic and make travelling
quicker and safer for Northern families, tourists and businesses."
    - Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario

    "Northern Ontario's highway network is a critical economic lifeline for
the families and businesses in the North. This highway expansion will create
jobs and make travel safer."
    - Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Highway 17 is the only route between Kenora and the Manitoba-Ontario
        border.

    -   Tourism in Northern Ontario contributes about $1.2 billion in GDP to
        the provincial economy and supports 19,600 jobs.

    -   Ontario's 2009 budget provided $32.5 billion for infrastructure
        investments over the next two years, including $3.75 billion for
        highways.

    -   Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed more than
        $2.5 billion for provincial highways, roads and bridges in Northern
        Ontario.

    LEARN MORE

    Find out more about the plans for Highway 17
(http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=23f46f1b3929e69).

    Want to explore Ontario by car? Get an official Ontario map
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/map/).

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