The Government of Ontario has awarded a contract to AECOM Canada Ltd. to begin the environmental assessment and design work for a 2+1 highway on Highway 11 north of North Bay.
“Taking the next step to build the first 2+1 roadway in North America is just another way our government is investing in highways across the province,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “We’re making great progress on our plan to build Ontario as we continue to work closely with communities and safety advocates to build a safer transportation network.”
AECOM will undertake the environmental assessment and design work for the three-lane highway which will incorporate a passing lane that changes direction approximately every two to five kilometres. The 2+1 highway model is used in other jurisdictions around the world and is more cost efficient than twinning a highway.
“The 2+1 highway project demonstrates our government’s continued efforts to strengthen our transportation network and expand opportunities for economic growth and development in northern Ontario,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and MPP for Nipissing. “In addition to keeping our promise to build Ontario, this project will play an important role in addressing the unique transportation needs of the north, enhancing traffic flow and improving safety for individuals and businesses alike on our roads.”
The province has identified two potential locations for the 2+1 highway project. While both sites will be assessed, the design and environmental assessment for Highway 11 from Sand Dam Road to Ellesmere Road (14 kilometres) will be prioritized.
“The 2+1 project is one that our organization has strongly advocated for and we’re excited to see it another step closer to getting built. Northern road safety will always be our main priority and we are pleased that the Ontario government is investing in northern communities with critical infrastructure projects that will make a difference for generations to come,” said Mark Wilson, Councillor, City of Temiskaming Shores.
From April 2023 to March 2024, the Ontario government is committing nearly $624 million to repair and expand provincial highways and bridges in northern Ontario.
“I want to thank the province for taking the next step to support people and businesses in northern Ontario by awarding a contract for design and environmental assessment work for a 2+1 highway on Highway 11. This is a great step forward for the people of North Bay,” said Al McDonald, Mayor of North Bay.
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