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Ontario's Road Construction Season Starts

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Ontario's Road Construction Season Starts

McGuinty Government Keeps Ontario's Highways And Bridges In Top Form

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is investing more than $2 billion this year to expand, repair and improve highways, roads and bridges across the province. This year's funding represents a record investment in Ontario's highway infrastructure - 20 per cent more than last year.

Key construction projects include:

  • Widening the QEW from six to eight lanes from Burloak Drive to Trafalgar Road in Oakville to add High Occupancy Vehicle lanes
  • Repairing the northbound express lanes on Highway 427 from the QEW to Highway 401 in Toronto
  • Widening Highway 401 from four to six lanes from Woodstock to Cambridge (final phase)
  • Repairing the southbound lanes on Highway 400 from Forbes Road to Highway 11 in Simcoe County.

This investment in Ontario's highways is part of a broader Budget commitment to modern infrastructure that makes business more productive, helps move people and goods faster, and contributes to a high quality of life for all Ontarians. Investing in infrastructure is part of Ontario's five-point economic plan.

Quick Facts

  • This investment will mean: 107 kilometres of new lanes, 472 kilometres of highway repairs, 80 bridge repairs and 34 new bridges.
  • Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $9.3 billion for highways, roads and bridges and invested $6.2 billion in public transit.
  • To protect the people hard at work making roads safe for everyone, Ontario doubled the fine for speeding in a highway construction zone when workers are present: up to a $500 fine and three demerit points for not obeying the sign of the traffic control person.

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“Our record investments in Ontario's highways, roads and bridges create thousands of construction jobs that strengthen our economy and keep our roads safe.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of Transportation

“Investing in Ontario's highway infrastructure eases traffic congestion, so people can get to work, school and play safely and efficiently.”

Monte Kwinter

MPP for York Centre

“It's going to be another busy construction season this year. Record investments - like this one - improve road safety and keep people and goods moving.”

Rob Bradford

Executive Director, Ontario Road Builders' Association

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