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Ten new highway improvement projects underway in Southwestern Ontario


June 28, 2016
By Province of Ontario

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June 28, 2016 – Ontario is making major improvements to highways, roads and bridges in Southwestern Ontario that will create or sustain more than 21,000 construction jobs across the province and make travel easier for families and businesses. 

There are 10 new construction projects in southwestern Ontario underway this season. As part of this investment, Ontario is repaving 9.6 kilometres of Highway 3 from Talbotville to west of Centennial Avenue through St. Thomas. The project will create or sustain approximately 43 direct or indirect construction jobs.

The $4.3-million contract for the repaving was awarded to Coco Paving. Early stages of construction are underway with the bulk of the paving to take place in July. 

Other new highway improvement projects in southwestern Ontario include:  

  • Repaving 9 kms of Highway 19 from Tillsonburg to Mount Elgin in Oxford County
  • Repairing three bridges and paving Highway 4 from the north limits of London to Highway 7 in Elginfield
  • Replacing the Highway 401 Norwich Avenue interchange bridge in Woodstock
  • Rehabilitating the Highway 402 Longwoods Road overpass and Thames River Bridge
  • Reconstructing the Highway 40 and Highway 401 interchange, and reconstructing 10 kms of Highway 401 from Bloomfield Road to Kent Bridge Road in Chatham-Kent
  • Reconstructing Highway 401 eastbound from Essex Road 42 to Drake Road and Highway 401 westbound from Merlin Road to Bloomfield Road in Chatham-Kent‎ 
  • Repaving 12 kms of Highway 6 from Mount Forest to Grey Road 9
  • Repaving 8 kms of Highway 401 from Waterloo Regional Road 97 (Cedar Creek Road) to Waterloo Regional Road 28 (Homer Watson Boulevard)
  • Constructing a roundabout at Highway 21 and Bruce Road 10/Grey-Bruce Line in Alvanley

Improving highways in southwestern Ontario is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history – about $160 billion over 12 years. This investment is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. 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 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 infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is 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.