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Widening Highway 406 Starts With New Thorold Bridge

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Widening Highway 406 Starts With New Thorold Bridge

McGuinty Government Keeping Drivers Safe; Creating Jobs

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is taking the first step to widen Highway 406 from two to four lanes to improve the flow of traffic, while creating about 37 construction-related jobs.

The first step is to build the Merritt Road Bridge over Highway 406, including upgraded highway lighting at the intersection. This work is beginning this month and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2010.  

During construction, motorists may experience traffic delays due to temporary lane closures during off-peak hours.

Quick Facts

  • This $3.2 million contract was awarded to Rankin Construction Inc. of St. Catharines, Ontario.
  • Speeding fines are doubled in construction zones.
  • In Ontario's 2009 Budget, the McGuinty government committed $32.5 billion to infrastructure improvements. $5.6 billion will go directly to highway infrastructure. These investments are expected to generate 50,000 jobs over two years.

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“Improving Highway 406 will allow a smoother flow of traffic, while creating jobs and strengthening Niagara's economy.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of Transportation

“This is great news for Niagara. The widening of Highway 406 will reduce congestion, shorten driving times and support the local economy.”

Kim Craitor

MPP Niagara Falls



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