Project Overview

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 Transportation Highway System, Highway 69 is one of the two highway links between Northern Ontario/Western Canada and Southern Ontario via 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 within both the project limits and Northern Ontario in general.

This project consists of completing all of the Detail Design work required for the four-laning of Highway 69 from 5.3 km south of Highway 529 (north Junction) northerly to 2.2 km north of Highway 529 (north Junction), 7.5 km.  This project will carry forward the issues and commitments identified as part of the February 2008 Route Planning and Environmental Assessment Report, which identified a recommended alignment and improvements for this section of Highway 69. A key component of addressing these issues is through consultation. Further information about the consultation program is in the Upcoming Events section.

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