Ontario Continues Expansion Of Highway 417 In Ottawa
McGuinty Government Building Better Roads, Creating Jobs
Upgrades to Highway 417 in Ottawa will reduce commute times, boost the local economy and create 650 jobs.
The upgrades, funded solely by the province, will include:
- widening Highway 417 from four to eight lanes from Eagleson Road to Palladium Drive with a new High Occupancy Vehicle lane in each direction
- widening Highway 417 from four to six lanes from Palladium Drive to Highway 7
- repairs to the Carp Road, Eagleson Road and Huntmar Drive bridges
- improvements to the COMPASS freeway management system and new lighting
Work is expected start by end of November 2011 and be complete in 2014.
The McGuinty government is working to grow the economy of the future by creating good jobs for families in the face of global economic uncertainty. Building better roads, bridges and transit is part of this plan -- creating and supporting jobs for Ontarians while strengthening local economies.
- Since 2003, Ontario has created about 2,000 jobs by investing more than $275 million toward Highway 417 improvements.
- Other Highway 417 projects include the Cyrville Road Bridge replacement and the Anderson Road Bridge repair, both in progress. The expansion of Highway 417 from Highway 416 to Eagleson Road was completed in 2009 and the Carling Avenue Eastbound Bridge was replaced in July 2011.
“Highway 417 is critical to moving people and goods in the nation's capital. We are improving congestion on our roads and creating good jobs both crucial to fueling the economy.”