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Ontario Moving Forward On Morriston Bypass

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Ontario Moving Forward On Morriston Bypass

Province Investing In Infrastructure To Create Jobs, Build A Strong Economy

Ministry of Transportation

Today, Ontario announced it is moving forward with plans to improve traffic flow on Highway 6 between Freelton and Guelph, which will create jobs and reduce congestion.

This project includes a new five kilometre route that bypasses the community of Morriston and provides an improved connection to Highway 401 and the Hanlon Expressway in Guelph.

Highway 401 will be widened from six to 10 lanes and include future High Occupancy Vehicle lanes. The project will also include construction of three new interchanges with improvements made to Highway 401 and existing Highway 6 interchanges, 11 new structures and construction of a local connection road. Construction could start as early as 2020. The construction value will be made public at the time of contract award.

Improving traffic flow and reducing congestion is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.

Improving highway infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s population is expected to increase by approximately 40 per cent by 2041, placing additional importance on having modern infrastructure.
  • The two-lane section of Highway 6, between Freelton and Guelph, is one of the busiest two-lane provincial highways in Ontario.
  • Currently, more than 25,000 vehicles, including 2,800 commercial vehicles, travel through the Morriston every day.

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“Our government is moving forward with building a new bypass between Freelton and Guelph, helping people and goods move faster and more efficiently. This is further proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

“This is great news. The rural two-lane section of highway is one of the busiest two-lane provincial highways in Ontario. Residents and businesses in the region will benefit from the bypass.”

Liz Sandals

MPP for Guelph

“The bypass will help manage traffic flow in the area and will give commuters alternate routes to reach their destination. This will also provide an improved link for local businesses to ensure their goods can flow seamlessly and efficiently to markets. We are proud to deliver modern, efficient infrastructure that will help our communities thrive.”

Ted McMeekin

MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

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