TORONTO:The final stretch of Ontario’s Highway 407 and Highway 418 has been opened to traffic. The project connects Highway 407 from the new Highway 418 to Highway 35/115. Highway 418 provides another north/south connection from Highway 407 to Highway 401.
The extension adds 14.2 kilometres to Highway 407, and the new Highway 418 (10 kilometres). This gives more options for commuters and families to travel across the region faster.
“The completion of the Highway 407 East project will connect communities and greatly improve our transportation network in this region,” said Vijay Thanigasalam, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation.
“Ontario’s highway infrastructure investments help people get where they need to go in a safe and efficient way, while allowing businesses to move goods and deliver services more quickly,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. “These investments help make Ontario open for business and open for jobs.”
“Connecting Highway 407 to Highway 35/115 creates a vital link between Peterborough and the Greater Toronto Area,” said Dave Smith, MPP for Peterborough-Kawartha. “The extension of this highway will help attract jobs and economic growth to this region.”
“Opening the final phase of the Highway 407 East project before the busy holiday season is great news for all residents and travellers in this region,” said Lindsey Park, MPP for Durham and Parliamentary Assistant to the Attorney General. “This is welcome news, especially during a time when people are planning trips to visit family.”
“Extending Highway 407 provides another connection in Durham that will help move people and goods,” said Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby. “I’m excited to see the economic opportunity this project will bring for the entire region and beyond.”
• In total, the extended Highway 407 and new Highway 418 will add over 24 km of new highways, benefiting Durham, Peterborough and the Kawarthas.
• The new stretch of Highway 407 and new Highway 418 will be fully owned and operated by the Province of Ontario.
• Motorists will only receive one invoice for the use of Highway 407, 412, 418 and/or 407 ETR. This includes transponder leases, monthly account charges, and video toll charges.
Work Begins On Expansion Of Highway 401
MISSISSAUGA: Ontario drivers will find the going easier because of the widening of 18 kilometres of Highway 401 from Mississauga to Milton.
Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation, has announced that the province is putting people first by investing $640 million to widen Highway 401, which will shorten commute times and encourage investment and job creation.
“Our government is committed to strengthening Ontario’s highway network and making Ontario open for business,” said Associate Minister Surma. “This crucial expansion of Highway 401 means that thousands of Ontarians will spend less time in traffic and more time on the things that matter to them – being with family, friends or at work.”
The project will widen 18 kilometres of the highway from the Credit River in Mississauga to Regional Road 25 in Milton and includes reconstruction of bridges as well as upgrades to support facilities and features.
Construction is under way and drivers can expect to use the expanded highway by 2022. Widening the highway will reduce congestion and improve quality of life for workers, families and businesses in Ontario.
Approximately 250,000 vehicles travel on Highway 401 in the Peel and Halton regions on a daily basis.
Once completed, the expanded highway will include:
• 12 lane core-collector system from the Credit River to Winston Churchill Boulevard.
• 10 lanes from Winston Churchill Boulevard to Highway 407 ETR/ Highway 401 interchange.
• 12 lane core-collector system from Highway 407 ETR/ Highway 401 interchange to James Snow Parkway.
• 10 lanes from James Snow Parkway to RR 25.
Median High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes.
• New or improved support facilities and features, such as drainage, lighting, signage and carpool lots.
The project is being delivered through Infrastructure Ontario’s design, build and finance Public-Private Partnership model, which transfers appropriate risks associated with design, construction and financing of the project to the private sector.
West Corridor Constructors was awarded the contract to design, build and finance the Highway 401 Expansion project.