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Ontario and Canada Partnering to Expand Highway 404

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Ontario and Canada Partnering to Expand Highway 404

Province Reducing Congestion and Improving Commutes for Families in York Region

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario and Canada are partnering to expand Highway 404, to reduce congestion and provide an easier and safer drive for families and commuters travelling through York Region.

Today, Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, was joined by Jane Philpott, MP for Markham-Stouffville, to announce the new highway upgrades.

The province and the federal government are widening the existing highway from six to eight lanes and adding an HOV lane in each direction between Highway 407 ETR and Stouffville Rd., for an approximate length of 10.4 kilometers. In addition, the project will include the construction of a new 171-vehicle carpool lot at Major Mackenzie Dr., rehabilitation of two overpasses at Highway 7, widening of the 16th Ave. overpasses, and replacement of the Rouge River overpasses.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Expanding highways to reduce congestion and improve commuting is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Ontario is responsible for delivering this project. Work is expected to begin in 2017, with anticipated completion in 2021.
  • Ontario has 16,900 kilometres of highway and 2,800 bridges.
  • Since 2013, Ontario has opened highway projects like the first phase of Highway 407 East and the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway.
  • Ontario is investing more than $2.1 billion in road and bridge construction projects this year, creating or sustaining approximately 21,000 jobs.

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“We are pleased to partner with the federal government on this important project that will help reduce travel times and keep goods moving across the GTHA. These types of critical investments help us build good quality infrastructure that will help improve the quality of life for those living in Ontario and provide better opportunities and access for businesses in the region.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

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