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Pioneer Construction awarded highway contract

Pioneer Construction of Sudbury, landed the first in a series of contracts in the four-laning of Highway 69 south of Sudbury under the joint federal-provincial Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP).

Pioneer Construction of Sudbury, landed the first in a series of contracts in the four-laning of Highway 69 south of Sudbury under the joint federal-provincial Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP).

Pioneer?s bid of just over $5 million was the lowest bid tendered.

The first project involves the construction of a new underpass structure and about 700-metres of new highway along the Old Wanup Road, where it will cross the new Highway 69 alignment.

This procedure will allow the Old Wanup Road to remain open to traffic while the section of Highway 69 is being four-laned.

?The McGuinty government, despite fiscal challenges left to us by the previous government, is following through on its commitment to improve Highway 69,? said Minister of Northern Development and Mines Rick Bartolucci in a news release.

?This tender award marks the first step toward completing the four-laning of the highway between Sudbury and Parry Sound.?

The contract is the first in a series to four-lane the first 20 kilometres of Highway 69 from Sudbury to Estaire.

Work is scheduled to begin this winter, and be completed in the summer of 2006.

A second SHIP contract for the expansion has been recently advertised. ?The CRASH 69 committee is very pleased that the federal and provincial
governments have demonstrated, by their actions, their intention to advance the four-laning of Highway 69 S.,? said CRASH 69 chair Gerry Lougheed Jr.