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Ontario Makes Record Investment To Improve Highways

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Ontario Makes Record Investment To Improve Highways

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is investing more than $2 billion in 2008 to keep Ontario's
highways, roads and bridges safe and reliable.

    Highlights from the 2008 construction plan include:

Widening:
- Highway 10 from two to four lanes from Caledon Village to Highway 9
(final phase) to improve safety and traffic flow
- Highway 401 from four to six lanes from Sydenham Road to Montreal
Street (phase 2 of 4) in Kingston to ease congestion
- Highway 401 from four to six lanes from Windsor to Tilbury (final
phase, Border Infrastructure Fund project) to improve road safety and
traffic flow

Extending:
- Highway 410 from Bovaird Drive to Highway 10 in Brampton to ease
congestion
- Highway 404 from Green Lane to Ravenshoe Road and advance
construction of the Mount Albert Road overpass in York Region to
improve traffic flow

Repairing:
- Highway 401 eastbound collector lanes from Leslie Street to Avenue
Road in Toronto, including bridge work, road reconstruction and noise
barriers to improve road conditions and safety
- Highway 409 from Highway 401 to Highway 427 in Toronto, including
bridge work, road reconstruction, median barrier and lighting to
improve road conditions and safety
- Highway 6 from Arthur to Mount Forest, including road reconstruction,
bridge work and new passing lanes to improve road conditions and
safety
- Highway 17 between Pembroke and Renfrew in the County of Renfrew,
including resurfacing and the bridge to improve road conditions and
safety

Construction schedule reduces impacts on drivers:
- Much of the construction work in high volume urban areas is done at
night and during off-peak hours to minimize delays and frustration
for drivers
- The ministry coordinates with municipalities so that major local and
provincial projects do not cause a bottleneck
- Major projects are planned in stages, ensuring some lanes remain open
and drivers can still get to their destinations in a timely manner
- Lanes on major highways are kept open during peak periods and lane
closures are avoided during busy traffic times on summer weekends
- The ministry provides advance notice of many lane closures through
roadside signage and by advising the traffic-reporting media.
- For up-to-date road condition information on major highways in the
area, visit www.roadinfo.mto.gov.on.ca or call the ministry's road
information line at (416) 235-4686, or toll-free at 1-800-268-4686.



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