The Ontario government plans to twin a 22.5 kilometre section of Highway 17, from Arnprior to Renfrew.
Renfrew-Nippissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski made the announcement Thursday, on behalf of Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney.
The project will widen Highway 17 from Scheel Drive to three kilometres west of Bruce Street in Renfrew County. It will also include four new interchanges.
The stretch of road sees approximately 14,200 vehicles per day.
"The businesses of Renfrew and area have been waiting a long time to hear this good news," said President of the Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce Susan Tough. "We are confident that twinning the highway past Renfrew will help our community thrive."
I was thrilled today to announce our government is moving forward with twinning Hwy 17 from Arnprior to Renfrew. Premier @fordnation promised to prioritize this project which is so important to the people of Renfrew County & all of Ontario. Promise made. Promise kept. @C_Mulroney pic.twitter.com/i8bAvPShmR— John Yakabuski (@JYakabuskiMPP) July 11, 2019
"For the Town of Renfrew specifically, a number of positive spinoffs will result as a direct correlation to the highway expansion namely in enhanced economic development opportunities, increased efficiency of movement of labour, goods and services and improved road safety," explained Town of Renfrew Mayor Don Eady. "The key to economic development is connectivity. The twinning of Highway 17 to Renfrew will create a positive atmosphere for growth in the Town of Renfrew and surrounding areas."
Work on the highway widening is expected to begin in 2021.