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From McKenzie to Birch Beach Expressway Now Open


THUNDER BAY, ON ----   July 27, 2013  ----- Presenlty the only acesss to the former highway 11 17 between McKenzie River and Birch Beach Road for the Lakehead Expressway is by way of Mckenzie Heights Road down to the new Lakeshore Drive.

Once the connections are complete there will be access at McKenzie Station Road at the west end by the Fire Hall and at the east end at Birch Beach. These sections are to be completed with in a week.

Crystal Beach Variety has now become a LCBO Agency Store.

The Ontario government has completed improvements to another section of Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon.

A 14-kilometre section from west of Mackenzie Station Road to Birch Beach Road has been expanded to four lanes. This important project will make travel easier and safer for families and businesses while strengthening tourism and the economy in the north.

Investing in roads, highways and bridges is part of the Ontario government's Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. A strong northern economy will help people in their everyday lives and create more opportunities for jobs and economic prosperity.

Quick Facts
•Bot Construction was awarded the $62 million contract in 2010.
•The expansion of the new Nipigon River Bridge has commenced.
•Another 13-kilometre section from Highway 527 easterly is currently under construction. There are two more expansion projects planned along this corridor in the future.
•The expansion of the Highway 11-17 corridor will involve 104 kilometres.
•Every day between 5,000 and 10,000 vehicles travel between Thunder Bay and Nipigon on Highway 11/17.
•Since 2003, the province has invested nearly $5 billion in northern highways. These investments have improved 3,146 kilometres of highway and 187 bridges, and constructed 387 kilometres of new four-lane highway along with 102 new bridges throughout Northern Ontario.

Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines Another completed project on Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon reflects our government’s commitment to completing the four-laning of this vital route. Our investment in the expansion of the Highway 11/17 corridor through the Northern Highways Program is paying dividends for the people of the region and will continue to do so for many, many years.”

Four-laning Highway 11/17 for 13 km from Highway 527 to west of Mackenzie Station Road.  This project commenced in the fall of 2012 and the projected completion date is fall 2015.

Contract Administration is being performed by TBT Engineering.  Throughout the construction period, the public is advised that there will be drilling and blasting occurring.  The blasting for the week of July 29st to August 2nd, 2013 is currently planned as indicated in the table below.

Blasting Shuiah week of July 29th


Please be advised that this plan is preliminary in nature and is provided to give a generic advance warning and location where the blasting is occurring.  Time and locations may vary, sometimes significantly, depending on weather, traffic and equipment.

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