Toronto, Ontario – A section of the Trans-Canada Highway near the Manitoba-Ontario border will be upgraded through a $100 million project scheduled to begin in 2010.

The province of Ontario and the government of Canada will partner to upgrade a 10-kilometre stretch of the highway, with plans to expand an additional 30 kilometres between the Ontario-Manitoba border and Kenora, Ontario.

The 10-km stretch will expand the highway from two to four lanes. About 4,000 vehicles use the section of Highway 17 each day, with traffic nearly doubling in the summer months. Highway 17 is the only route between Kenora and the Ontario-Manitoba border.

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