November 24, 2003


$336 million in funding announced to improve Ontario’s highways

Toronto, Ontario – The governments of Canada and Ontario have agreed to contribute $336 million for ten highway improvement projects in Ontario. Each government will contribute $168 million.

“This federal contribution of $168 million from the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program goes a long way to improving the overall condition of Ontario’s highways, with projects in southern, eastern, central and northern Ontario,” said Transport Minister David Collenette.

“Ontario is pleased to partner with the federal government on these projects to ease gridlock in central and southwestern Ontario and help the north achieve its economic potential,” said Ontario Minister of Transportation, Harinder Takhar.

The ten construction projects announced will be carried out on Highway 401, Highway 69/400 and Highway 17.

The projects slated for Highway 401 focus on expanding the existing roadway to increase capacity and enhance safety. Highway 401 between Windsor and Tilbury will be widened to six lanes, improving safety and facilitating trade. Additional Highway 401 projects near Kingston and Belleville will improve one of Canada’s busiest highways.

Infrastructure in Northern Ontario will also be improved with the four-laning of Highway 17 east of Sault Ste. Marie and a new alignment of Highway 11/17 west of Thunder Bay.

Portions of Highway 69 will be upgraded to provide a four-lane divided highway between northern and southern Ontario, including projects south of Sudbury.

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