TORONTO: The province is widening 18km of Highway 401 in Mississauga and Milton, to improve traffic flow and keep people and goods moving.
Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation and Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP for Halton, were in Mississauga to announce that the province has issued a request for proposals to design and build the highway.
The project will widen 18 kilometres of highway, from the Credit River in Mississauga to Regional Road 25 in Milton. Widening the highway will relieve congestion, allow for more efficient transportation and flow of goods, and help accommodate continued population and employment growth in the region.
• 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 east of the James Snow Parkway;
• 10 lanes from the James Snow Parkway to west of Regional Road 25;
• Median HOV lanes; and
• Support facilities and features – drainage, lighting, signage, ATMS, carpool lots etc.
• The project is being delivered under Infrastructure Ontario’s Alternative Financing and Procurement model, which transfers risks associated with design, construction and financing of the project to the private sector.
• Prequalified teams are able to submit their proposal to design, build and finance the CHighway 401 Expansion project, with the successful bidder expected to be announced in 2019. The prequalified groups are: – Blackbird Infrastructure Group, including Dufferin Construction Company, Ferrovial Agroman Canada Inc., Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd. and TD Securities – LINK401, including Dragados Canada Inc., Brennan Infrastructures Inc., Bot Infrastructure Ltd., WSP Canada Group Limited, ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc. and Stonebridge Financial Corporation – West Corridor Constructors, including Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc., Amico Design Build Inc., Parsons Inc. and National Bank Financial Inc.
• The average daily traffic for Highway 401 in Peel and Halton regions is approximately 118,000 to 175,000 vehicles per day.
Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga, said: “Traffic and congestion are among the biggest issues facing residents in Mississauga and the GTA.
“We know that congestion costs us billions each year, time away from our family and our lives, as well as great frustration from sitting in traffic, not to mention the significant negative impact on our environment from thousands of idling cars and trucks.
“The 401 Highway is an important economic corridor, especially through Mississauga and Milton, that moves people and goods to domestic and international markets, and is vital to our local, provincial and national economies.
“Investments like these that build infrastructure, while breaking gridlock to get people where they need to go more quickly, while moving goods to market in a more timely way are critical to our future prosperity and will help workers, students, and businesses succeed.”