Ontario Construction News staff writer
A new online tool launched recently will provide information about highway projects, including the status of projects already underway and major construction projects scheduled for the future. The new online tool is part of the provincial government’s plan to improve highway safety.
“This online tool will show how we are using taxpayer dollars to responsibly build projects that improve safety and reduce congestion across the province,” said Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney. “At the same time, we are supporting the construction industry by providing a multi-year outlook of planned projects to help them better prepare for the future.”
It is being described as a modern, searchable and interactive publication that includes highway project information and locations and latest updates on highway projects across Ontario.
Mulroney says it will also help the province’s construction industry stay informed about highway infrastructure investments.
“By investing in highway infrastructure projects and long-term planning, we are ensuring safe and reliable transportation for families, businesses and visitors here in the north and supporting our economy and job creation at a time when we need it most,” said Greg Rickford, minister of energy, Northern development and mines.
“The new online tool will help keep everyone informed about the investments being made in every region of the province.”
Ontario’s Southern and Northern Highways Programs are now viewable in both list format and on a searchable map that will provide residents with the opportunity to see where projects are being built or planned. Previously, highway programs were published annually online only in a list format.
Viewable programs include expansion and rehabilitation projects that have committed construction funding and are either underway or currently planned. All expansion projects with construction funding are identified, while the rehabilitation program is focused on a three-year period (2020-2022).
For 2020-21, the province has allocated about $2.6 billion to expand and repair Ontario’s highways and bridges, including construction funding of $764 million for expansion and approximately $1.5 billion for rehabilitation.
MTO delivers the Northern Highways Program jointly with the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (ENDM) to plan and prioritize new construction and repair projects in Northern Ontario.