Highway 17 To Be Repaved

       McGuinty Government Keeping Ontario's Highways In Top Condition

    QUEEN'S PARK, Aug. 14 /CNW/ -


    Construction work is underway on Highway 17 near Pembroke to improve road
safety and driving conditions.

    Work includes:
    -  Repaving Highway 17 for 6.2 kilometres from west of Renfrew Road 24
       (White Water Road) to east of Renfrew Road 40 (Greenwood Road)
    -  Improving the intersection at Renfrew Road 40 (Greenwood Road) by
       extending the westbound right turn lane

    The $2.6-million construction contract was awarded to Miller Group
Incorporated of Markham and is expected to be complete by late fall. During
construction, drivers on Highway 17 will share a single lane as directed by a
flag-person (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/constructionzone.htm).


    "The McGuinty government is committed to improving our highways, roads
and bridges to keep Ontario's drivers safe and our economy strong," said
Transportation Minister Jim Bradley
    "Keeping Highway 17 in good repair has long-term benefits for drivers in
Eastern Ontario. This work will improve road safety and traffic flow. Our
continuing prosperity and business development depends on a safe and efficient
highway network," said Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Jim Watson


    -  More than 7,000 drivers use this section of highway everyday.

    -  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.

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


    Read the Ontario government's five-year investment plan in highway
construction for Southern Ontario
    Visit great Ontario travel destinations (http://www.ontariotravel.net/).
    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.

                                                      Disponible en français

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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