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Highway 69 expansion fast-tracked

SUDBURY, Ont. -- The province is fast-tracking plans to widen a 20-kilometre stretch of Highway 69 between Sudbury...


SUDBURY, Ont. — The province is fast-tracking plans to widen a 20-kilometre stretch of Highway 69 between Sudbury and Parry Sound, so that construction can begin next year.

The widening of Highway 69 to four lanes will help economic and job growth in northern Ontario, and make the highway much safer, premier Ernie Eves said at a news conference announcing the fast-tracking of construction.

In addition to the fast-tracking of highway improvements south of Sudbury, environmental assessments and route planning are underway on the 118-kilometre stretch of Highway 69 between Nobel and Estaire. Construction on the first 6-kilometre section from Parry Sound to Highway 559 will begin next year provided the government is able to acquire the needed land, the premier says.

Four-lane expansion of Highway 69 is one of the largest highway projects in Ontario’s history. The province is investing a total of $925 million in the project.


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