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Highway 417 gets $95M for expansion


December 19, 2016
By Andrew Snook


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December 19, 2016 – The federal government and province of Ontario have announced they will both provide upwards of $47.57 million worth of funding for the expansion of Highway 417 in Ottawa.

The project will expand the highway from six to eight lanes for three kilometres between Maitland Avenue and Island Park Drive. It will also include the rehabilitation and expansion of the Merivale Road Bridge.

“Modernizing and upgrading highways and roads in Ottawa is critical for residents and businesses,” stated Bob Chiarelli, MPP for Ottawa West–Nepean and Minister of Infrastructure. “The expansion of Highway 417 will reduce congestion and help people get to where they need be quickly and safely. Ontario is committed to investing in infrastructure across the province to grow our economy, create jobs and help people in their everyday lives.”

The Government of Canada is contributing up to 50 per cent of total eligible costs through the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund.

“The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in public infrastructure help connect people, create well-paying jobs that help grow the middle class, and support economic development in our communities,” said David McGuinty, MP for Ottawa South, on behalf of Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi. “By supporting improvements to critical transportation routes in the province, we will help local businesses move their goods to national and international markets and will foster long-term prosperity for years to come. It is thanks to the initiatives and projects like the expansion of Highway 417 that Canadian communities will remain among the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family.”

Construction on Highway 417 from Maitland Ave to Island Park Drive is expected to start in 2017, and is currently estimated to last about four years.