Motorists heading to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park from Thunder Bay should expect a smoother ride next summer.
Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle provided an update how on the twinning of Highway 11/17 from the city to Nipigon was going on Tuesday at a news conference.
The province announced earlier in the year that $541 million would be spent on improving the North’s highways; a portion of that money will be going towards finishing the four-laning project.
The section of highway between Birch Beach to Highway 587, which is the turn off towards Pass Lake and to the Sleeping Giant, is expected to be completed by the fall, which is ahead of schedule.
Gravelle said the projects are moving more quickly than they expected.
“By the end of this year, we will have another 11 kilometres extention of four-laning going all the way to Pass Lake from Thunder Bay, which is trumendous,” he said. “It is always exciting for me to provide this update and to see the committment our government has made to highway rehabilitation and expansion in Northern Ontario.”
Gravelle explained that about two-thirds of the funding is going towards highway rehabilitation including work on bridges. A third of that funding will be going towards twinning the highway between Thunder Bay and Nipigon as well as Sudbury and Parry Sound.