Highway 77 Improvements Coming Soon

    McGuinty Government Boosts Road Safety In Leamington Area

    TORONTO, Aug. 5 /CNW/ -


    Leamington - the "Tomato Capital of Canada" - will soon be able to
deliver produce to market on an improved Highway 77.

    Road repairs to be completed by November 2009 include:
    -   Repairing Highway 77 from Highway 3/Essex County Road 33 in
        Leamington to Essex County Road 8 in Staples
    -   Adding turning lanes at the Highway 77 and Essex County Road 18

    The $15.9-million construction contract was awarded to M.R. Dunn Holdings
Limited, Dunn Paving Limited & M.R. Dunn Contractors Limited of Tecumseh.
    During construction drivers on Highway 77 will share a single lane during
the day, as directed by a flag-person
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/constructionzone.htm). Drivers can
also use Essex County Road 31 as an alternate route to bypass the construction
zone. Signs will advise drivers of the construction and the alternate route.


    "The McGuinty government is supporting economic development by ensuring
the province's highways are safe and efficient," said Transportation Minister
Jim Bradley (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.htm).

    "Drivers want timely repairs and safe roads. When construction work is
finished, Highway 77 will be safer and more reliable," said Chatham-Kent-Essex
MPP Pat Hoy (http://www.pathoy.onmpp.ca/).


    -   More than 6,000 drivers use Highway 77 every day.

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

    -   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 (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/pubs/nhp2007/index.html)
    for Southern Ontario.

    Get up-to-date road condition information (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.

    Visit great Ontario travel destinations. (http://www.ontariotravel.net/)

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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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