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TRANSPORTATION MINISTER OFFICIALLY OPENS ANOTHER 7.6 KILOMETRES OF HIGHWAY 416
"This 7.6 kilometres of roadway represents our commitment to the timely construction of this important link between Highway 401 and the nation's capital," Palladini said. "This contract was completed three months ahead of schedule and approximately $1 million under the original budget. That's what I call using the province's limited dollars wisely."
"Construction of Highway 416 is an important addition to Ontario's infrastructure and balances provincial and regional needs," added Carleton MPP Norm Sterling. "As the main artery into the Ottawa-Carleton region, it will be of enormous benefit to the local economy, and at the same time enhance safety for motorists travelling in eastern Ontario."
Tarmac Minerals began construction on this phase of the project in July 1996 and completed the work this week. It is one of five major construction contracts to build the 57-kilometre highway by the year 2000. The second contract, to twin 13.2 kilometres between Roger Stevens Drive and County Road 43, will be completed by summer 1998. A third contract to twin an additional 10.4 kilometres south of Kemptville is expected to be awarded in early July. The remaining two contracts will be awarded within the next year.
The northbound lanes of Highway 416 from Century Road to Highway 417 will be open to traffic in about two weeks. The entire northern span is expected to be open by mid August.
Pratt said: "This project is an excellent example of the co-operative relationship that the Government of Canada enjoys with the provinces and territories. It is a relationship that benefits all Canadians -- as this new section of highway proves."
The province is contributing approximately $84.7 million of the estimated $127-million cost to build Highway 416 south. The federal government is contributing $42.3 million. "The Harris Government is committed to completing Highway 416 by the year 2000 -no ifs, no ands, no buts and no tolls," said Palladini.
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