The four-laning of Highway 69 is part of a strategic network improvement plan connecting southern and northern Ontario (via both the Highway 69 and Highway 11 corridors), as outlined in the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines Highway 69 Action Plan. 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 required for the four-laning of Highway 69 from 0.6 km south of the south junction of Highway 529 northerly 15 km. This Detail Design project will carry forward the issues and commitments identified as part of the 2006 RPS 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 the Detail Design for this project will be implemented in two or three phases. Each phase will include a clearing contract and a main highway construction contract.
The scope of work will include:
- Four-laning of Highway 69 with a combination of twinning and new alignment sections;
- A new interchange at Harris Lake Road, complete with associated service roads;
- A new structures over the Harris River and Naiscoot Lake and replacement of the existing Naiscoot Lake bridge;
- A linkage access across the highway between Naiscoot Lake Road and Moose Lake Road;
- Continuity of snowmobile trails and crossings;
- A new rest area at Harris Lake; and
- Culvert replacements and wildlife passages across the highway.