The Ontario government has awarded a contract to widen highway 11/17 from two to four lanes between Thunder Bay and Nipigon. The project, which also includes building two new bridges over Pearl River, is designed to improve road safety and reduce travel times.
Teranorth Construction and Engineering will begin twinning the highway in the fall of this year with an expected completion date by 2026. The contract, valued at $107 million, includes $77 million in provincial funding and $30 million in federal funding.
The project includes twinning 14.4 kilometres of Highway 11/17 starting east of Highway 587 and heading easterly towards Nipigon.
Two new bridges will be built over Pearl River, one for eastbound and one for westbound traffic. The highway will also be rerouted south of the existing highway at Pearl River.
Intersections at West Loon Road/Mirror Lake Road, East Loon Road, Silver Lake Road and Road No. 5 South will all be improved. New lighting will be installed at the new municipal road intersections and at four-to-two lane transitions.
Once the work is complete, 72 kilometres out of a total 106 kilometres on Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon will be a four-lane highway.