New Highway Interchange Improves Access to London
Ontario Creating Jobs, Building Critical Infrastructure
Yesterday, Ontario opened a new interchange at Highway 401 and Wonderland Road, making it easier for goods and people to get in and out of the City of London.
The new interchange includes four new ramps and two new bridges, as well as local road improvements. The $17.8 million project was jointly funded by Ontario and the City of London, and created or sustained approximately 180 construction jobs.
Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in the province's history -- more than $130 billion over 10 years, which is making 110,000 jobs possible every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. Between April and September, Ontario announced support for more than 200 infrastructure projects that will keep people and goods moving, strengthen the economy, connect communities and improve quality of life. The new highway interchange builds on that progress.
Improving highways, roads and bridges across the province is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- The contract was awarded to Aecon Construction and Materials Limited of Toronto, and is jointly funded by the Ministry of Transportation and the City of London.
- This is one of four Highway 401 interchange projects in partnership with the City of London. Interchanges at Veterans Memorial Parkway, Highbury Avenue, and Colonel Talbot Road are also planned for reconstruction. The total value for the four interchange projects is estimated at $110 million.
- Ontario is investing $2.5 billion in road and bridge construction projects this year, creating or sustaining approximately 25,000 jobs.
- Ontario has 16,900 kilometres of provincial highway and 2,800 bridges.
“I am happy that we are delivering on our commitment to open the new interchange this fall. This project is proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario residents.”
“This is great news for businesses and families in London and the surrounding region. This new interchange at Wonderland Road will open up a number of new opportunities for growth and economic development in our community.”
“This is great news and the project aligns well with Council’s vision to be a leader in commerce, culture and innovation — our region's connection to the world. We can now provide businesses, visitors and Londoners better, faster access to the city and to the region.”