Moving Forward On Highway 407 East
Ontario Government Creating Jobs, Building a Strong Economy
Ontario is making progress on the final phase of construction for Highway 407 East to create jobs and support economic growth and development.
The province has released a request for proposals for the second phase of the Highway 407 East project, which will extend the highway about 22 kilometres eastward from Harmony Road in Oshawa to Highway 35/115 in Clarington. It will have eight interchanges and a 10-kilometre north-south highway, the East Durham Link, to connect it to Highway 401. The section from Harmony Road to the East Durham Link is expected to be open to traffic in late 2017, with the remaining portions to be completed by late 2020.
Highway 407 East is an example of a project that could be funded under the government's Moving Ontario Forward plan, announced yesterday by Premier Wynne. The $29 billion plan for dedicated funding would provide support for priority infrastructure projects across the province such as public transit, roads, bridges and highways.
Building modern infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths - its people and strategic partnerships.
- Three companies have been short-listed to deliver the project – Blackbird Infrastructure Group, East End Transportation Group and 407E Infrastructure Group.
- The first phase of Highway 407 East extends from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa. It is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by late 2015.
- Highway 407 East will be a publicly-owned tolled highway with the province being responsible for setting and regulating tolls, which would not be higher than tolls on Highway 407 ETR. The province will retain the toll revenue.
- Approximately 115 million trips were made last year on Highway 407 ETR.
“Our government is moving forward to extend Highway 407 East to create jobs and opportunities for residents and businesses living and working in the region. Improving Ontario’s highway infrastructure ensures our economy stays competitive.”
“The new highway will create opportunities for economic growth and development in the region. Investing in highway infrastructure helps keep families and goods moving, and creates jobs that will strengthen our economy.”
“This is great news for the community. The Highway 407 East project will create opportunities for business and help people get to and from work faster. Durham families are the real winners from this extension.”