The province has begun funding the first stage of the expansion of Highway 17.

The provinces says it is investing $25 million into a new interchange at Calabogie Road. The province says the twinning of the highway will improve safety and drive economic growth in the county. The contract to build the new interchange was awarded to Aecon Construction Ontario East Limited.

The province says creating a detailed design for the new interchanges will begin as soon as possible.