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Expanding Highway 11/17 In Thunder Bay Area


September 3, 2010 9:56 AM

McGuinty Government Invests In Northern Transportation Infrastructure

Improved traffic flow, increased safety and 300 new jobs will result from the first major expansion project of Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon. Through Ontario's Northern Highways Program, a six-kilometre stretch of highway from west of Hodder Avenue/Copenhagen Road to east of Highway 527 will be expanded to four lanes.  Other highway improvements will include the construction of a new interchange at Hodder Avenue/Copenhagen Road, realignment of the Terry Fox Scenic Lookout Access Road and a new intersection at Highway 527/Spruce River Road. 
Work will begin shortly with completion expected in 2013.
This project is part of the Open Ontario plan to create jobs and economic opportunities in Northern Ontario.


  • Teranorth Construction & Engineering of Greater Sudbury was awarded the $41.9 million contract.
  • The recent Ontario Budget committed $773 million in northern highway rehabilitation and expansion in 2010-2011.


  • Joanne Ghiz
    Minister's Office
  • Frank Pagnucco
    705 564-7124

Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry


"I am extremely pleased that we are undertaking this major expansion of Highway 11/17. This stretch of highway is very important to the people and economy of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario."

 – Michael Gravelle
Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry

"By following through on our commitment to expand and improve local highway infrastructure, we are ensuring the overall efficiency of the network and driver safety across the region."

 – Kathleen Wynne
Minister of Transportation