Ontario Improving Highway 118 This Summer



    McGuinty Government Helps Municipalities Keep Their Roads In Good Repair

    TORONTO, July 3 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario will repair Highway 118 this summer to improve driving conditions
for the more than 1,300 drivers who use this highway each day.
    Work includes repaving an 11-kilometre stretch along Highway 118 in
Highlands East and the County of Haliburton and improving the intersection at
Legacy and Love Road. Highlands East and the Ministry of Transportation will
also repave five municipal side roads.
    The $4.9-million construction contract was awarded to R.W. Tomlinson
Limited of Ottawa and should be completed by fall 2008. During construction,
traffic will be directed by a flag-person
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/constructionzone.htm). Drivers may
also have to travel on a gravel surface for a short period of time.

    QUOTES

    "The McGuinty government is working with rural communities to help them
keep their infrastructure in good repair. Our investments in municipal roads
and bridges are strengthening communities and making Ontario's roads safer
than ever," said Transportation Minister Jim Bradley
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.htm).

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   Once improved, it is expected that Highway 118 won't need repairs for
        another 15 years.

    -   The province's $400-million Municipal Roads and Bridges Fund -
        announced in the 2008 Ontario Budget - is helping municipalities
        invest in critical projects across the province. Funding is
        distributed based on the municipalities' share of Ontario's road
        network in relation to population.

    -   Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $9.3 billion in
        highways, roads and bridges and invested $6.2 billion in public
        transit.

    LEARN MORE

    Read the Ontario government's five-year investment plan in highway
construction (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/pubs/nhp2007/index.html) for
Southern Ontario.
    Get up-to-date road condition information
(http://www.roadinfo.mto.gov.on.ca/) on major highways in the area. You can
also call the ministry's road information line at 416-235-4686, or toll-free
at 1-800-268-4686.
    Learn more about the County of Haliburton
(http://www.haliburtoncounty.ca/).

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For further information:

For further information: Nicole Lippa-Gasparro, Minister's Office, (416)
327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158

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