Moving Forward on Highway 407 East
Ontario Government Creating Jobs, Building a Strong Economy
Ontario is moving forward on the final phase of construction for Highway 407 East, which will help relieve congestion, create jobs, support the economy, and make area roads safer by providing emergency detour routes for travellers in Durham Region.
Blackbird Infrastructure has signed a fixed-priced contract to design, build, finance and maintain the project.
The province will also set and regulate tolls, and use toll revenue to fund new infrastructure and transit projects across Ontario.
Construction is expected to begin in fall 2015 from Harmony Road to Taunton Road/Highway 418 and is scheduled for completion in December 2017. The remainder will open in 2020.
This is the final phase of the Highway 407 East project, which will:
- Extend Highway 407 eastward from Harmony Road in Oshawa to Highway 35/115
- Provide a new north-south 10-kilometre highway link, Highway 418, to connect Highway 407 to Highway 401, just east of Oshawa
- Provide eight new interchanges including a partial interchange at Highway 418 and Taunton Road and three freeway to freeway connections (Highway 407 and Highway 418; Highway 418 and Highway 401; and at the end of Highway 407 at Highway 35/115)
Improving highways, roads and bridges across the province is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- Highway 407 is a separate entity owned and operated by the Province, connected to the existing 407 ETR.
- Initial tolls on Highway 407 will be lower than on 407 ETR.
- Ontario has 16,900 kilometres of highway and 2,800 bridges.
- The $1.2-billion contract was awarded to Blackbird Infrastructure.
“The Highway 407 East project will create jobs, strengthen the economy and help keep goods and people moving. This project is proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario residents.”
“I am pleased that the final phase of the Highway 407 East project is moving ahead. Our government is committed to making investments that help connect communities and provide better traffic flow. We are building modern infrastructure to provide more options and save you time.”
“This is great news for Peterborough and the surrounding areas. Both the County and City of Peterborough have shown their support for this important investment and the positive impacts it will have on our community. The extension is essential for creating good local jobs, growing the economy and reducing traffic congestion.”
“The Highway 407 expansion project is a great example of the unprecedented infrastructure investments our government is making across the province. This significant investment will foster greater connectivity amongst businesses, generate economic activity in the local community, and provide Ontario families and businesses with a more efficient transportation network.”