Ontario Government Repairs Highway 6

    Building Better Highways To Keep Traffic Moving

    WELLINGTON COUNTY, ON, June 6 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is repaving
and upgrading Highway 6 north of Guelph to improve safety and traffic flow,
Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield announced today.
    "The McGuinty government is improving the highway to keep traffic moving
for residents and businesses in the Waterloo-Wellington area," said Cansfield.
"Better roads improve safety, create jobs, encourage economic growth and keep
communities strong."

    Improvements to Highway 6 include:

    -   Repaving 17.3 kilometres from Fergus to Arthur to make the drive
    -   Adding three new passing lanes and turning lanes at two intersections
        to improve traffic flow
    -   Repairing the Irvine Creek Bridge in Centre Wellington and the
        Conestogo River Bridge in Arthur to keep these bridges in first-rate
    -   Widening lanes and shoulders to improve road safety
    -   Installing new traffic signals at the intersection of Highway 6 and
        Wellington Road 17
    -   Replacing or repairing several culverts to improve drainage
    -   Planting snow hedges along the highway to prevent drifting and
        blowing snow.

    The $17.3-million contract was awarded to Cox Construction Limited of
Guelph and should be complete by fall 2008. During construction, one lane of
traffic will be maintained at all times and drivers will be directed by a flag
person or temporary traffic signals.
    "This is just one of Ontario's many construction projects underway to
ensure our roads are in a good state of repair," added Cansfield.
    Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $6.3 billion to expand
or repair highways, roads and bridges across Ontario.
    For up-to-date road condition information on major highways in the area,
visit www.roadinfo.mto.gov.on.ca or call the ministry's road information line
at (416) 235-4686, or toll-free at 1-800-268-4686.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jamie Rilett, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-9134; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158;
Public Inquiries: (416) 235-4686 (GTA), 1-800-268-4686 toll free,
1-866-471-8929 TTY

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