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Improving Ontario highway creates jobs

July 2, 2013  By Rock to Road

July 2, 2013 – The Ontario
government is creating 83 jobs with improvements to Highway 527 near Thunder
Bay, Ont. The project will make travel easier and safer for families and
businesses while strengthening tourism and the economy in the north.

More than 24 kilometres of
Highway 527 beginning eight kilometres north of Highway 881 is being

Investing in roads, highways
and bridges is part of the Ontario government's Growth Plan for Northern
Ontario. A strong northern economy will help create a fair society and give the
people of Ontario more opportunities for jobs and economic prosperity.

Quick Facts

  • Pioneer Construction has been awarded the
    $8.3-million contract. Work will begin this summer with completion scheduled
    for fall 2013.
  • In 2011, Ontario invested $7.7 million to
    reconstruct another 25-kilometre section of Highway 527.
  • Highway 527 is a vital link between
    Armstrong and Thunder Bay.
  • Since 2003, the Ontario government has
    invested nearly $5 billion in northern highways.
  • Since 2003, the province has improved 3,146
    kilometres of highway and 187 bridges, and constructed 387 kilometres of new
    four-lane highway along with 102 new bridges throughout Northern Ontario.



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