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2014-08-11 at 13:08

Four-laning continues

Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com
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By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- The twinning of Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon will continue.

The province confirmed an additional 16-kilometre stretch will be four-laned, beginning as early as next year.

Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle, speaking Monday at the Terry Fox Lookout, added the province is committing $527 million to the Northern Highways Program in 2014-15, which includes an additional 17 kilometres under construction between Thunder Bay and Nipigon and expansion of Highway 69 between Parry Sound and Sudbury.

Gravelle said by next year there should be a continuous stretch of 33 kilometres of highway twinned between the two communities.

“We have a project that will get us to Pass Lake and today the announcement of funding to have further projects from Pass Lake to Pearl and work that’s being done coming back the other way,” Gravelle said.

“So this obviously a huge section of highway, 103 kilometres between Thunder Bay and Nipigon and we’re going to get the four-laning completed. Today was another great step forward.”

Ministry of Transportation manager of operations Wayne Prystanski said the government is in the process of putting out expressions of interest for the first stage of the project starting at Birch Beach.

“We’ll shortlist the contractors down to three and then they’ll submit their RFP documents to us with their bid prices. Hopefully by the end of this year we’ll be able to announce the successful contractor for that job and they will then proceed with the design of that section.”

Prystanski said he expects construction will likely get under way some time in 2015, a two- to three-year job.
The second portion of the project, at South Trout creek should have tenders sent out this fall.

“Depending on when the contract is awarded for that, construction could start this winter,” Prystanski said. “And if not, then they’ll start construction of that project in 2015.”

It’s expected to take three to four years to complete.

Nathan Lawrence, president of the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce, said the road work is welcomed by his organization and its members.

“Transportation investment is key to the success of a lot of businesses that operate in this part of the province,” Lawrence said.

“Reliable and very safe transportation allows for the very safe transportation of employees, staff, goods and visitors who come across this part of the province and plays a very key role in the long-term success of our region.”


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dman31029 says:
Good news! I can't wait for the day it's 4 lanes from Nipigon to Thunder Bay. It will be nice to not be jousting with oncoming traffic any more, particularly the big rigs.
8/11/2014 1:33:52 PM
Mika says:
Can someone at TBNEWSwatch ask MPP Mauro about the plans to 4-lane highway 11/17 to Shabaqua?

http://www.hwy11-17kakabeka.ca/

Also, when the study is complete regarding the Thunder Bay "EXPRESSWAY", the Wynne's governments timeline for actually committing funding to do the work?

http://www.thunderbayexpressway.ca/

...and while you're at it, why don't you suggest they 4-lane highway 61 from the junction at highway 130 to highway 11/17 at Twin City Crossroads... or at least study it!
8/11/2014 5:54:52 PM
common cents says:
How about putting merge/ramps off Mapleward and Twin City on to Harbour/11/17.

and extend off ramps so not to imped traffic behind you.
8/11/2014 8:50:29 PM
smartguy83 says:
Um the expressway study began 9 months ago. Have some patience? Or do you want the province to make another mistake?
8/12/2014 8:51:55 AM
iceman says:
Great news. How about raising the speed limit to 100 km/hr for the new section already built. 90km/hr is painfully slow for a 4 lane highway
8/11/2014 2:47:07 PM
Royalflush says:
You already drive 100 kph and you know it. Whats so important in your life that you need to go 10 kph faster than you already drive? The four lanes are not true freeways, as they do have some access roads coming onto them, thats why the 90 kph speed limit. You want to get there faster, buy a helicopter!
8/11/2014 3:41:16 PM
blah blah says:
just need them to start four-laning heading out west
8/11/2014 5:31:09 PM
nvjgu says:
The whole stretch of road is going to be a speed trap. Nobody is going to do 90 and they know it. Be more like 100 110 or even 120 plus.
8/11/2014 5:46:33 PM
lori says:
Yes, that is why they are spending hundreds of millions, just to set a speed trap. You found out the truth. Now all of us Liberals will have to give up other secrets. Like they invested Billions in Bombardier just so the workers could strike.

They invested hundreds of millions on senior care just so those seniors wouldn't be a bother.

Yeap, these guys are awful.

Thanks for straightening us all out.

And Royalflush, I don't recall you posting here often so let me help you out. When the Liberal Gov't does anything, it is bad. Please remember that.

In 11 years they have done nothing good. In fact, they have single handily destroyed this region, the one with the booming housing market, the lowest unemployment rate in the province and state of the art medical equipment not found anywhere else. Please do not use facts. They don't belong here. It's only been 2 months since the election, but I will say it again. Name me an MPP or MP in the last 50 years better than these two MPP's One name
8/11/2014 6:31:21 PM
Royalflush says:
If you think its kinda fun to hit a moose at 120kph, go for it!
8/12/2014 11:20:27 AM
fairlane says:
You're all missing the point. Think of the many people who have died on that road from head on collisions. Anything that makes the trip safer is worth it in my eyes.
8/11/2014 6:10:02 PM
ring of fire dude says:
Whats Joe Verdiramo doing in the picture , such a media butterfly .
8/11/2014 6:28:46 PM
I don't know says:
Should be a divided highway
8/11/2014 7:21:15 PM
SomeGuy says:
Let's work on twinning west to Nipigon also. 11/17 is the backbone of Canada and it's a two lane highway that in any other area it would be considered a secondary highway.
8/11/2014 9:40:02 PM
hadenough says:
I'm hoping that your comment was a typo or something like that.

Nipigon is east of Thunder Bay not west and this is the section of highway that IS the basis of the article about 4 laning.

8/12/2014 7:03:45 AM
dman31029 says:
You must be commenting from Schreiber ;). 11/17 is the road that is being four laned.
8/12/2014 8:25:00 AM
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