Kenora MP Bob Nault says they're planning a celebration for the opening of Freedom Road.
"The road is pretty much done, as far as I can tell, except for the paving part," he said, during his year-end interview. "So, next summer -- some time -- there will be a big celebration, but Freedom Road is open."
The road joins the man-made island at Shoal Lake 40 with the Trans-Canada. It became an election issue in 2015. The next federal election is set for the fall.
The completion of the project also clears the way for progress on the twinning of the Trans-Canada between the Manitoba border and Kenora. Engineers working on the project have agreed construction could begin in the fall.
Nault is also optimistic about moving forward on a mercury clinic in Grassy Narrows, which would help those impacted by the contamination of the English and Wabigoon River systems.
"As I understand it, in speaking to the minister, that's been approved and agreed to. We're just working out the details," the MP noted.
Members of Wabaseemoong First Nation were also impacted.