The Government of Canada has announced funding for two projects aimed at upgrading the quality of Ontario’s 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.

“I would like to thank the Government of Canada for its investment in the Highway 69/400 Project and to MP Serré and MP Lefebvre for their advocacy on this file,” said Brian Bigger, mayor of Greater Sudbury. “Residents of Greater Sudbury and all of Northern Ontario know how critical this highway is for trade and transportation safely to and from our region and are eager to see its completion.”

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.

The Government of Ontario’s contribution to the project will be announced at a later date.

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