Ontario reaches bridge milestone
By Andrew Macklin
December 1, 2015 – Ontario has reached a significant milestone in the construction of the province’s first cable-stayed bridge, located at the Nipigon River crossing on Highway 11/17.
With the westbound lanes of the new Nipigon River Bridge opening tomorrow to two-way traffic, the first phase of construction is complete. Work on the new eastbound lanes and demolition of the existing two-lane bridge continues. The $106-million project, funded through the province’s Northern Highways Program, began in 2013 and is expected to be complete in 2017. The bridge will consist of three towers with cables supporting the bridge deck and a separate sidewalk for pedestrians.
“I am very excited to be one step closer to the completion of the Nipigon River Bridge project, truly the crown jewel in our commitment to four-lane the highway between Thunder Bay and Nipigon,” Michael Gravelle, minister of northern development and mines. “This project has been a personal goal of mine and I couldn’t be more pleased that our government, through the Northern Highways Program, has been able to make the investments needed to see this major infrastructure project happen.”
In 2015-16 Ontario is investing $560-million in highway infrastructure projects across the North through the Northern Highways Program.