Highway Improvements Underway in Eastern Ontario
Ontario Government Creating Jobs, Building a Stronger Economy
Ontario is making major improvements to the province's highways, roads and bridges, which is supporting more than 20,000 construction jobs across the province and making travel easier for families and businesses.
Key highway improvements in eastern Ontario include:
- Widening Highway 417 from Eagleson Road to Highway 7, including one HOV lane in each direction in Ottawa
- Repaving Highway 7 from Highway 41 to Scott Road in Frontenac County and building an eastbound passing lane
- Repaving Highway 401 east and westbound lanes near Highway 16 in the townships of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal and South Dundas
- Repairing and widening the Trent River Bridge on Highway 401 and repairing the CNR overpass in Belleville
- Expanding Highway 62 north of Belleville
- Widening Highway 401 in Kingston and repairing the bridge at Montreal Street
- Repaving Highway 401 between Kingston and Napanee
Investing in modern infrastructure is part of the government's plan to create jobs, help Ontario seize new opportunities for economic growth and help people in their everyday lives.
- The 2013 budget proposes an investment of more than $35 billion toward infrastructure over the next three years, which would support over 100,000 jobs on average each year.
- Approximately 2,300 jobs will be created or sustained in eastern Ontario during this year’s construction season.
- Ontario has 16,900 kilometres of provincial highway and approximately 2,800 bridges.
- Ontario uses new technology and greener construction practices whenever possible, including recycling existing pavement, using recycled and shredded tires for bridge embankment fill, and rapid bridge replacement, which can reduce a year of traffic delays down to two days.
“Our government is committed to improving Ontario’s infrastructure across the province. These projects will create jobs, strengthen the economy and help keep goods and people moving for years to come.”
“Safe and reliable roads and bridges are critical to our economy and our quality of life. That’s why the Ontario government is continuing to make record investments to expand and improve highways and bridges across eastern Ontario. The start of construction season represents thousands of new, good jobs, and a safer, more efficient transportation network for everyone”