Ottawa-Area Commuter Route To Get Major Overhaul
McGuinty Government To Keep People And Goods Moving
Construction work is planned for Highway 7 from Jinkinson Road to Ashton Station Road in Ottawa and the Township of Beckwith to improve road safety, reduce congestion and promote carpooling.
- Widening Highway 7 from two to four lanes
- Adding a new carpool lot at the Dwyer Hill Road interchange area
- Building four new bridges at: Dwyer Hill Road, Ashton Station Road, TransCanada Trail Crossing and the North Service Road crossing of Lavallee Creek
- Adding new interchanges at Upper Dwyer Hill Road and Ashton Station Road - Constructing new service roads on both the north and south side of Highway 7.
The $73.2-million construction contract was awarded to Bot Construction Limited of Oakville and should be complete by late fall 2010. Construction will be completed in stages to minimize disruption to drivers. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained along Highway 7 for most of the work. On occasion, there will be nighttime, single-lane reductions required. Dwyer Hill Road will be closed for two weeks. Signs will be posted in advance to prepare drivers for closures and detours along county roads.
- More than 17,000 commuters and tourists and 1,200 trucks use this highway daily. Head-on and intersection collisions will be reduced with the new four-lane highway and interchanges.
- A new $400-million Municipal Roads and Bridges Fund is helping municipalities invest in critical projects across the province. Funding is being distributed to municipalities outside Toronto, based on their share of Ontario's road network in relation to population.
- Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $9.3 billion in highways, roads and bridges and invested $6.2 billion in public transit.
- Read the Ontario government's five-year investment plan in highway construction for Southern Ontario.
- Visit great Ontario travel destinations.
- Get up-to-date road condition information on major highways in the area. You can also call the ministry's road information line at 416-235-4686, or toll-free at 1-800-268-4686.
“Improving our highways keeps Ontario's drivers safe and our economy strong. Ontario is building a better highway to help commuters and residents in the Ottawa area spend less time in traffic and more time with family and friends.”