TORONTO—The Province of Ontario has announced $541 million in spending on northern Ontario highway infrastructure for the period 2016-17 through its Northern Highways Program.
The allocations include the ongoing expansion of the Highway 11/17 corridor between Thunder Bay and Nipigon. Construction is underway on 19.5 kilometres of four-laning, as well as the Nipigon River bridge and approaches.
In addition, the province recently approved funding for the expansion of an additional 15.1 kilometres in the corridor. These contracts are expected to be tendered by 2018. To date, more than half of the four-laning of this 105-kilometre corridor is now complete, under construction or in design.
The projects were announced July 26.
The 2016 construction season schedule includes improving 551 kilometres of highway, 23 bridges and 54 culverts in northern Ontario.
Recent highway construction contract awards in Northwestern Ontario include:
• Replacing culverts at Shamrock and Helen Lakes on Highway 11 east of Highway 17 at Nipigon ($2.6-million contract awarded to KA Vanderzwaag Construction Inc.)
• Rehabilitating the Kaministiquia River bridge at Kakabeka Falls on Highway 11 west of Thunder Bay ($3.0-million contract awarded to L H North Ltd. & L H Crane and Rigging Ltd.)
• Replacing two Oskondaga River Tributary culverts and rehabilitating the Brule Creek culvert on Highway 11 near Shabaqua Corners ($3.5-million contract awarded to Louis W Bray Construction LTD)
• Highway 17
• Removing rock from a high cut on Highway 17 west of Pays Plat First Nation ($3.2-million contract awarded to Bot Construction)
• Highway 105
• Replacing the Pickerel River culvert on Highway 105 north of the Highway 609 junction near Vermilion Bay ($1.2-million contract awarded to The Sharp Group)
• Highway 502
• Resurfacing 11.6 kilometres of Highway 502 south of the Highway 594 junction west of Dryden ($3.7-million contract awarded to Miller Northwest Limited)
• Replacing the culvert at Kawawiag Creek on Highway 502 north of the Highway 11 junction ($1.5-million contract awarded to L H North Ltd. and L H Crane and Rigging Ltd.)
• Highway 527
• Replacing culverts at the Dog River on Highway 527 north of the Highway 11/17 junction and at the Kabitotikwia River on Highway 811 west of the Highway 527 junction northeast of Thunder Bay ($2.8-million contract awarded to L H North Ltd. and L H North Crane and Rigging Ltd.)
• Highway 596
• Replacing the Alice Creek culvert on Highway 596 south of Highway 525 northwest of Kenora ($1.2-million contract awarded to Facca Incorporated)
• Highway 614
• Rehabilitating the Black River bridge on Highway 614 south of Manitouwadge ($2.4-million contract awarded to Innovative Civil Constructors Incorporated)
In addition, work is continuing on these multi-year projects:
• Four-laning 2.8 kilometres and new Nipigon River cable-stayed bridge on Highway 11/17
• Four-laning11.8 kilometres of Highway 11/17 between Red Rock Road #9 and Stillwater Creek
• Four-laning 6.6 kilometres of Highway 11/17 between Birch Beach and Pass Lake
• Rehabilitating the Noden Causeway (final phase) on Highway 11 near Fort Frances
• Replacing the CPR overhead bridge on Highway 17 at Selim, east of Rossport
• Resurfacing 31 kilometres of Highway 17 from Ignace westerly
• Replacing bridges at Pic River and Gravel River on Highway 17
• Reconstructing and paving 31 kilometres of Highway 105 from 30 kilometres north of the Highway 17 junction at Vermilion Bay northerly.