Province To Own Highway 407 Extension
McGuinty Government Creating Jobs: Highway Tolls To Help Maintain Roadway
The proposed extension of Highway 407 east from Pickering (Brock Road) to Clarington (Highway 35/115) will be a tolled highway with the province retaining control and ownership of the extension.
The province will be responsible for regulating tolls on the highway and meeting customer service needs. Revenues generated from the highway will go towards the construction costs and maintenance of the road, freeing up provincial funds for transit infrastructure projects.
An environmental assessment study is currently underway and the preliminary design has been identified for the highway extension. Public consultation on the project is ongoing. The environmental assessment study will be submitted to the Minister of the Environment for approval this summer.
A Request for Proposals for the highway extension will be issued later this year. The proposed highway extension would generate 24,000 construction jobs. Construction of the roadway will begin once the environmental approvals are in place, with service beginning by 2013.
- Planning studies in the 1950s and 1960s first identified the need for an east-west transportation corridor running north of Toronto to connect 401 in Milton with Highway 35/115 in Clarington.
- The highway that is now 407ETR was built in the 1990s as the central section of that corridor and was sold to the private sector in 1999.
- The proposed highway right-of-way would contain space for a future transitway.
“Motorists who use the 407 eastern extension will pay for the highway, freeing up provincial investment dollars for other priorities such as public transit. Our approach to extend the 407 eastward will allow us to maintain public ownership of this stretch of highway and regulate the tolls.”