The Ministry of Transportation is responsible for providing a safe and efficient transportation system. Highway 69 is an important route that connects rural communities, urban areas, First Nation communities and recreational areas within Northern Ontario. As part of the Trans-Canada Highway System, Highway 69 is one of the two vital highway links between Northern Ontario/Western Canada and Southern Ontario via connection with Highway 400.
The four-laning of Highway 69 is part of a strategic network improvement plan connecting southern and northern Ontario. A four lane Highway 69 improves road safety by reducing congestion, providing opportunities for passing, physically separating opposing lanes of traffic, and eliminating turning movements along the highway by providing interchanges at key crossing roadways. It also reduces travel time through the area, and minimizes impacts to traffic movement caused by roadway maintenance or unanticipated incidents. Additionally, the benefits to traffic movement resulting from the four-laning of Highway 69 are expected to enhance economic growth both within the project limits and in Northern Ontario in general.
This project consists of completing all the Detail Design work required for the four-laning of Highway 69 from 1.0 km north of the new Highway 559 Interchange to 1.5 km north of Highway 7182 (Shebeshekong Rd.). This Detail Design project will carry forward the issues and commitments identified as part of the 2006 Route Planning Study, which identified a recommended alignment and improvements for this section of Highway 69. A key component of addressing these issues is consultation. Further information about the consultation program is found in the Upcoming Events section of this website.
It is currently anticipated that this project will be constructed in two phases. Each phase may include a clearing contract and will include a main highway construction contract, however this is subject to review and change.