Highway Construction Wraps Up in GTA
Ontario Government Creating Jobs, Building Modern Infrastructure
Ontario has made major improvements to highways, roads and bridges in the Greater Toronto Area to create 3,800 jobs and ensure safer, more convenient rides for families and businesses.
Over the course of the 2013 construction season, crews:
- Repaired 9 kilometres of southbound lanes on Highway 427 from Highway 401 to the QEW in Toronto and Mississauga
- Constructed a bus-only ramp that will help GO and Mississauga Transit riders travel from Eglinton Avenue along Highway 427 and on to the Kipling TTC Station
- Repaired 12 bridges along Highway 401 from Jane to Kipling in Toronto
- Widened Highway 401 to 12 lanes from the 401/410/403 interchange to west of Hurontario Street in Mississauga
- Widened Highway 7 to four lanes from Brock Road to Brooklin, which included building a bridge for the 407 East in Pickering.
Work also continues on the Highway 404 extension in East Gwillimbury, which is scheduled for completion in fall 2014. Once completed, the 13 kilometre four-lane divided highway will go from Green Lane to Ravenshoe Road and will help alleviate congestion in the area.
Improving highways, roads and bridges is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- Ontario is investing $2.2 billion to build and repair provincial highways and bridges across the province this year.
- More than 20,000 construction jobs have been created or sustained in Ontario this year.
- Ontario has 16,900 kilometres of provincial highway and approximately 2,800 bridges.
- Ontario uses new technology and greener construction practices whenever possible, including: rapid bridge replacements, which can reduce a year of traffic delays down to two days; recycling existing pavement; and using recycled and shredded tires for bridge embankment fill.
“Our government is investing in transportation infrastructure to help keep families and goods moving safely and efficiently across the GTA. These investments will create jobs, strengthen our economy and improve our quality of life.”