First Section of New Highway 407 Set to Open
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Today, Ontario announced that the first section of the new Highway 407 in Durham Region will be open to traffic for morning commuters on Monday, June 20, helping to manage congestion and supporting economic growth in the region.
The highway will be open from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa. Highway 412, which connects Highway 407 and Highway 401, will also open. There will be a toll-free period on the new Highways 407 and 412 until the new year, allowing drivers to travel on these roads free of charge. Following that, tolls will be in place.
The second and final construction phase will include extending Highway 407 from Harmony Road to Highway 35/115, and Highway 418 connecting Highway 407 to Highway 401. This final section will be built by 2020, with an interim opening from Harmony Road to Taunton Road at Highway 418 by late 2017.
The Highway 407 East Project 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.
- Highways 407 and 412 are publicly owned tolled highways. The province is responsible for setting and regulating the tolls, which will not be higher than tolls on Highway 407 ETR. The province will establish customer service standards and retain the toll revenue.
- Tolls and fees will remain in effect for the existing privately operated 407 ETR west of Brock Road.
- Motorists who drive on Highways 407 ETR, 407, and 412 will use one transponder and receive one invoice making the tolling process seamless.
“The new Highway 407 will not only encourage economic opportunities for the Durham Region but will also provide an alternate route for commuters and travellers. Completing this section of highway is proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families.”
“Our government is pleased that we could complete this critical piece of infrastructure that will serve residents of the Durham Region for years to come. This project, part of the largest infrastructure investment in our history, not only supported local construction jobs, but will deliver an important new highway link for the province. We are pleased to provide the people of Ontario a new option for commuting and travelling.”
“The Highway 407 East Project will create opportunities for economic growth and development in the region. Since breaking ground in 2010, the project created 13,000 jobs. When it opens, it will help keep families and goods moving. This is great for the region, which continues to grow.”
“This is great for Durham families. Highways 407 and 412 provide options to commuters and will help people get to and from work faster.”
“This important milestone for the Highway 407 East Project is great news for residents and businesses in Peterborough and the entire region. This vital highway route will better connect Peterborough to the rest of the GTA and we look forward to the opening of the initial portion of Phase 2 – from Harmony Road to Taunton Road/Highway 418 by 2017”