Ontario is putting another $120 million toward four-laning Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon, and on Wednesday announced the awarded contract.
The contractor, Teranorth Construction and Engineering Ltd., has been awarded the contracts to four-lane the 6.6 kilometre stretch from Birch Beach to Pass Lake, and an 11.8 kilometre stretch from Red Rock Road No. 9 to Stillwater Creek.
Those contracts are worth $32.7 million and $84.4 million respectively.
“I am pleased that these contracts have been awarded for the continued four-laning of Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon,” said Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Michael Gravelle, following the announcement of the contracts being awarded.
“These projects build on our commitment to make travel on our northern highways easier and safer for families and businesses while strengthening tourism and the economy in the North.”
The design phase of the Birch Beach to Pass Lake stretch is expected to begin immediately, with completion expect by fall 2017.
Meanwhile construction equipment is expected to arrive at the site of the Red Rock Road No. 9 stretch early this summer. Completion of that portion is expected in the summer of 2021.
QUICK FACTS (Provided by the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines)
• The Contractor, Teranorth Construction and Engineering Ltd., recently completed the Hodder Avenue to Highway 527 four-laning project; the first stage of the four- laning between Thunder Bay and Nipigon.
• Teranorth expects significant rock blasting and excavation during the summer and into this winter on the new two lanes.
• With these two contracts awarded, over 50% of the four-laning between Thunder Bay and Nipigon is underway or complete.