QUEEN’S PARK, TORONTO: Today MPP Norman Miller announced the Ontario government is improving road safety in Parry Sound-Muskoka by repairing underpasses and culverts along Highway 11 between the Severn River and Huntsville and resurfacing Highway 400 between Highway 141 and Parry Sound.
This funding is part of a $1.3-billion investment in transportation projects announced March 27, 2019 by Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek. These projects will help create jobs in Ontario’s construction industry and help maintain our highways so that our province has a transportation network that encourages job creation, investment and trade in every region.
“As our government manages Ontario’s finances in a responsible manner, we are protecting services that matter most, including road maintenance,” Yurek said. “No matter what the service, policy, program or investment, our government puts people at the heart of our decision making. This funding is a clear example of that commitment. We are working to improve road safety for all Ontarians.”
The Ministry of Transportation is planning to proceed with 123 rehabilitation projects across the more than 16,900 kilometers of highway and more than 2,850 bridges Ontario manages. In the Northeastern region, 32 projects are going to tender with a combined value of $291 million.
“We are delivering on our commitment to improve our transportation infrastructure,” said Miller. “This will create local jobs while making our highways safer for residents, visitors and tourists.”
“Our work is about investing in people, in safety, and in the success of Ontario. The government’s commitment to transportation infrastructure funding supports the continued success of Ontario’s road building contractors who have strong, proven track records and close ties with local communities, as well as supporting the provincial tax base,” said Steve Smith, President of the Ontario Road Builders’ Association. “With the announcement today, contractors are able to plan their operations, hire staff, mobilize equipment and invest in supply chains and local economies across Ontario.”
“ORBA members build virtually all of the provincial and municipal roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure across the province and the road building sector directly employs in excess of 30,000 workers at peak season. The announcement today helps us continue our work with the government on connecting and enhancing the productivity of communities, alleviating congestion, and enhancing the safety of everyone who uses Ontario’s transportation infrastructure,” said Bryan Hocking, Chief Operating Officer, Ontario Road Builders’ Association.