Ontario Investing $34.5 Million in Northeast Highways Including Wawa area


Ontario is investing in highway infrastructure in Northeastern Ontario to make travel easier and safer. Through the Northern Highways Program,the province is investing a total of $34.5 million in three projects to:

  • Rehabilitate 30.4 kilometres of Highway 17 from approximately 15 kilometres north of Highway 101 southerly, and 2.2 kilometres of Highway 101 from the Highway 17 junction, and repair culverts at Speckled Trout Creek and Agawa River Overflow on Highway 17, approximately 85  kilometres south of Highway 101
  • Rehabilitate 15.4 kilometres of Highway 65 south of the Highway 66 junction and replace the Whiskey Jack Creek culvert on Highway 66
  • Replace culverts and a bridge on Highway 560 west of Elk Lake at Unknown Creek, Seven Mile Creek, Six Mile Creek, Tamarac Creek and Lost Lake.

Work on these three projects will begin this spring and is expected to be completed by fall 2017. These projects are part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history — about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. Improving highway infrastructure is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • In 2015-16 Ontario is investing $560 million in highway infrastructure projects across the North through the Northern Highways Program.
  • Aecon Construction and Materials Limited has been awarded the $23.9-million contract for highways 17 and 101, the $4.9-million contract for highways 65 and 66, and the $5.7-million contract for Highway 560.
  • Investing in roads, highways and bridges is part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

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“Investments through our government’s Northern Highways Program ensure that transportation infrastructure across Northern Ontario is expanded and improved. These latest investments will provide greater safety and improved driving conditions for travellers in Northeastern Ontario.” – Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“Our government is investing in the critical transportation infrastructure that families and businesses in Northern Ontario rely on daily. Expanding and improving our northern highway network is necessary for helping our economy grow and creating jobs in the North, and is proof that Premier Kathleen Wynne and our government are focused on building Ontario up.” – Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

“Lake Superior’s spectacular east shore is heavily travelled by businesses and industry in the Wawa area and by tourists heading to provincial parks. My thanks to the Ontario government for its ongoing commitment to safety and good driving conditions on the highways in our region.” – Ron Rody, Mayor, Municipality of Wawa

“Matachewan is working with our neighbouring communities to build commercial and industrial business opportunities in the region. We rely on the highways that connect us, so to have the province undertake these highway repairs in our area is very good news.” – Cheryl Drummond, Reeve, Matachewan Township

“I’d like to thank the Ontario government for this latest investment to improve our highways, not only for residents but for the significant industrial and tourism businesses in our area as well. Elk Lake is a resource hub in Northeastern Ontario and provides an important gateway to the Elk Lake Sawmill as well as a significant mining operation in the Town of Matachewan and a number of timber harvesting operations in the vicinity.” – Terry Fiset, Reeve, Township of James


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