Greater Sudbury, Ontario, May 21, 2019 — Investing in transportation infrastructure is critical to connecting communities, helping our businesses compete, and creating a strong economy and middle class.
Today, Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Rural Economic Development, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, and Paul Lefebvre, MP for Sudbury and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, announced funding for two major projects providing important upgrades to Highway 69.
The first project involves twinning and realigning an 11-kilometre stretch of road from north of Highway 559 to just south of Shebeshekong Road. Work also involves constructing a new interchange at Woods Road, building new service roads to improve access for local drivers, and installing 14 culverts and 22 kilometres of fencing to protect wildlife. The second project involves expanding a 19.3-km section of the highway to a four-lane, divided highway, including new twin bridges over Still River, Key River and Straight Lake. The project work also includes building new interchanges at Bekanon Road and at Highway 522.
These upgrades will improve safety and efficiency along this key route, boost trade, and support economic prosperity for the region by accommodating a greater number of commercial and passenger vehicles. The Government of Canada is investing over $169.2 million for this project through the New Building Canada Fund – National Regional Projects.
“These vital improvements to Highway 69 will make it easier for businesses to get their products to customers, reduce pollution, and allow local residents to spend less time in traffic and more time with their families. Projects like this improve the daily lives of Northern Ontarians now and lay the foundation for a bright and prosperous future.” — Marc Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Rural Economic Development, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan