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Ontario Improving Traffic Flow, Creating Jobs in Waterloo Region

Province Continues Making Progress on Highway 7 Expansion Project

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario continues to make progress on the expansion of Highway 7, which will improve traffic flow, create jobs and support local economic growth in the Waterloo Region.

Approximately 22,000 vehicles travel on Highway 7 between Kitchener and Guelph every day. This month, new retaining walls are being installed around the Victoria St. and Highway 85 intersection in Kitchener. Necessary construction is also starting underground, ahead of the replacement of the Victoria St. bridge and the building of new ramps that will connect Highway 85 to Highway 7.

These upgrades form part of the Highway 7 expansion project, and will create or sustain approximately 82 jobs in the region. Work is expected to be completed in fall 2017.

Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Investing in improved and expanded highways is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The contract was awarded to Dufferin Construction Company, a division of CRH Canada Group Inc., for $11.8 million.
  • One lane of traffic on Victoria St. will be maintained in each direction while two lanes of traffic on the express lanes of Highway 85 will be maintained in each direction at all times during construction.
  • Ontario is committing over $2.1 billion to repair and expand provincial highways and bridges across the province.

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“We know that the expansion of Highway 7 is a critically important project for those living in the Waterloo Region. The work on Victoria St. and Highway 85 is a critical step forward on this new highway project and is further proof that our government is committed t to making your daily commute and quality of life better.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

“The work on Victoria St. and Highway 85 intersection in Kitchener is an important project for the region, and for expanding Highway 7. The projects will help improve traffic flow, create jobs and support local growth. This is great news for the region.”

Daiene Vernile

MPP for Kitchener Centre

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