Commuters from Parry Sound to Sudbury may be relieved to learn that the province has agreed to expand Highway 69.

Ontario’s Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek issued the following statement:

“Work is proceeding to four-lane a 14-kilometre section south of Alban, on Highway 69, and realign the Canadian National rail line at Highway 522. This is a $200 million investment in Highway 69.  Seventy kilometres are complete and the ministry is working to get the approvals necessary to complete the remaining 68 kilometres of the corridor. These additional sections are in the engineering and property acquisition phases as ministry staff work with First Nations to negotiate land acquisition and work through federal environmental approvals.”

There is no timeline as to when the project will be complete. It’s said that highway 69 will be renamed to highway 400.