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Highway improvement contracts announced for Central Ontario


June 21, 2016 – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation recently announced it is making major improvements to highways, roads and bridges across Central Ontario that are expected to create or sustain more than 21,000 construction jobs across the province.

There are 24 new construction projects in Central Ontario underway this season, including a $26.9-million project being done in partnership with the City of Barrie to replace the Tiffin Street overpass and repair the Barrie-Collingwood Railway overpass. 

This project alone is expected to generate or sustain approximately 270 direct or indirect construction jobs.

The contract for the overpasses was awarded to Dufferin Construction Company, a division of CRH Canada Group Inc. 

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The project is expected to start in July and has an expected completion date of fall 2018. 

The highway improvements across Central Ontario are part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history, about $160 billion over 12 years, according to Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation.

“This investment is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals,” Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation stated in a recent press release. “In 2015, Ontario announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. Investing in 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.”