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McGuinty Government Upgrading Northern Highway Infrastructure

McGuinty Government Upgrading Northern Highway Infrastructure

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Press release
Source: Government of Ontario

A bridge on Highway 105 near Ear Falls in Northwestern Ontario will be replaced to improve driver safety and traffic efficiency, and create about 70 jobs.

The 17 span timber trestle over the Chukuni River will be replaced with a new 84-metre steel girder bridge. It will be built in two halves to permit single lane traffic until completion in the fall of 2010.

Part of the Northern Highways Program, this initiative will improve the safety and efficiency of an important road that provides access to the communities of Red Lake and Balmertown and the forestry and mining operations in the area.

Quick facts

- The $9.5 million contract has been awarded to Bruno's Contracting of Thunder Bay.

- The new Chukuni River Bridge will become the longest single span girder bridge in Ontario.

- In 2009-10, the Ontario government will invest a record $648 million in the Northern Highways Program for highway rehabilitation, expansion and safety improvements.

- Investments in Northern Ontario's highway infrastructure this year will create an estimated 4,700 jobs.