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On February 7, 2000 the Government of Ontario announced funding for the continued four laning of Highway 69 south of Parry Sound.
Two new projects will commence in 2000.
The first project, from Tower Road at MacTier to 2.7 km north of Highway 141, will see the construction of 26.5 km of four laning on new alignment to the west of existing Highway 69.
Three interchanges, to be located at existing Highway 69 south of Tower Road, Airport Road, and existing Highway 69 at Rankin Lake Road. Twelve bridges will be built along this section. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2000 and be finished by fall 2003, pending completion of property acquisition.
The second project, from 2.7 km north of Highway 141 to Badger Road, will see the construction of 4 km of four laning partially on new alignment and partially twinned with the existing highway. An interchange at the Seguin Trail, as well as two bridges will be built along this section. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2000 and be finished by fall 2002, pending completion of property acquisition.
Elsewhere, work on an interchange where Highway 518 intersects the new route for Highway 69 began in 1998 and was recently completed in fall 1999.
Construction is underway on a 5 km section on new alignment from Badger Road northerly to the new Highway 518 interchange. This work began in November 1999 and is expected to be complete by fall 2001.
Construction on the 5 km section from the new Highway 518 interchange northerly to the Seguin River began in February 2000. It is also on new alignment and is expected to be complete by fall 2001.
At the north end of Highway 69 a Route Planning Study for the 20 km section from Sudbury southerly to 4 km south of Estaire was completed on December 8, 1999. Following a 45 day public review, the planned route received environmental approval on January 25, 2000.
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