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Three Local Bridges to be Renovated...
Written by Ministry of Northern Development and Mines   
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:39


The new Ontario Government is creating about 70 jobs with improvements to three bridges on Highway 17 near Wawa.

The Catfish Creek, Magpie River and Michipicoten River bridges will be renovated. These projects will make travel easier and safer for families and businesses while strengthening tourism and the economy in the north.


Investing in Northern Ontario's roads, highways and bridges is part of the Ontario government'sGrowth Plan for Northern Ontario. A strong northern economy will help create a fair society and give the people of Ontario more opportunities for jobs and economic prosperity.


Quick Facts

  • Teranorth Construction and Engineering Limited has been awarded the $6.8-million contract with work scheduled to begin this spring.
  • Since 2003, the Ontario government has invested more than $4.5 billion in northern highways.
  • Since 2003, the province has improved 2,560 kilometres of highway and 185 bridges, and constructed 105 kilometres of new four-lane highway along with 115 new bridges across Northern Ontario.


Michael Gravelle

 Our investment in the Northern Highways Program ensures that vital transportation links are expanded and improved for local residents, visitors and industries while continuing to create good jobs for northerners. By renovating these three bridges, we will provide greater safety and improved roadways for northern families and businesses"

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

Glen R Murray

 Our government is improving infrastructure across the province, which creates jobs and strengthens our economy. Projects such as this will help ensure our roads and bridges are safe and in good condition for years to come."

Glenn Murray

Minister of Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation



#4 Kaireen Morrison 2013-03-21 06:20
The bridges mentioned in this news release don't include the ones at Michipicoten River Village and on the Harbour Road. It would be interesting to know when work on those bridges will commence. Good to know that the TransCanada will be safer, but it would be interesting to know when the two closed bridges will be replaced or removed or whatever.

Editor's Note: in a article written Saturday, March 16th, Wawa-news says that progress is beginning on the two bridges in the Mission. (http://www.wawa-news.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17601:Progress-on-bridges&catid=41:news&Itemid=72)
#3 Howard Whent 2013-03-21 00:15
Just for the purpose of clarification. The government press release refers to Hwy 17 bridges not the Wawa Creek bridge in MRV, the Magpie River bridge on the Harbour Road nor the 'culvert' on the Steep Hill Road which I believe Brookfield is replacing. Seventy workers in the area over the summer construction season, that is good and will bring some welcome cash flow into the community.

Editor's Note: The first line "The new Ontario Government is creating about 70 jobs with improvements to three bridges on Highway 17 near Wawa." does state clearly that the bridges are on Highway 17.
#2 Don Charbonneau 2013-03-20 12:09
This is really good news!
#1 Kathy Epp 2013-03-20 09:09
They repaired 7 bridges between Chapleau andd Wawa, it took 2 years, it didn't create any local jobs or increase any local business, nor did it do anything for tourism! Who are you kidding?

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