Traffic Improvements Planned For Highway 15

    New Pavement, Passing Lanes And Carpool Lot

    SMITHS FALLS, ON, June 20 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is making major
improvements to a heavily used stretch of Highway 15,
Hastings-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington MPP Leona Dombrowsky announced today
on behalf of Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield.
    "This highway improvement is another example of how the McGuinty
government is improving the infrastructure in rural communities in Eastern
Ontario," said Dombrowsky.
    Improvements to Highway 15 include:

    -   Smoother drive: the highway will be repaved for 15.3 kilometres from
        Smiths Falls to Franktown
    -   Improved traffic flow: two new passing lanes and turning lanes at
        McLachlins Road and Salter Road intersections will be added
    -   More carpooling: new commuter carpool lot will be built with 28 paved
        parking spaces and lighting at County Road 10 North Junction
    -   Better drainage: several culverts will be replaced or repaired.

    The $9.8-million contract was awarded to Bonnechere Excavating
Incorporated of Renfrew and should be completed later this year. During
construction, Highway 15 will occasionally be reduced to a single lane and
drivers may have to travel on a gravel surface for up to 11 days.
    "This highway hasn't had major repairs since 1997," added Dombrowsky.
"Completing this work will improve the road for residents and visitors who
depend on a smooth, uncongested ride. We're also building a new commuter
carpool lot to encourage local residents to carpool."
    Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $6.3 billion in
highways, roads and bridges and invested $4.9 billion in public transit,
including over $1.8 billion in GO Transit.
    For up-to-date road condition information on major highways in the area,
visit 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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