Ontario Opening New Stretch of Highway in Durham Region
Next Phase Highway 407 Set to Open in January 2018
Ontario is improving traffic flow and reducing congestion for families in Durham region, with the next phase of Highway 407 from Harmony Road to Taunton Road in Clarington set to open next month.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough, and Granville Anderson, MPP for Durham, were in Clarington to announce that the new section of Highway 407 is on track to open to traffic in early January 2018.
The first phase of the Highway 407 extension, which opened last year and included a new Highway 412, is already seeing approximately 40,000 vehicles per day, improving travel times across this growing region. The new addition of 9.6 kilometres to Highway 407, including two new interchanges, will allow even more commuters and families travel across the region faster.
The final phase, scheduled to open by 2020, will connect Highway 407 to Highway 35/115 and includes Highway 418, which will provide another north/south connection from Highway 407 to Highway 401.
Tolling on the new section will begin immediately upon opening. Toll rates for Highways 407 and 412 are lower than tolls on Highway 407 ETR. The province's rates are, on average, approximately 15 per cent lower during off-peak periods, and approximately 30 per cent lower during peak periods, as compared to Highway 407 ETR.
Building new highways to get traffic moving is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Ontario will use the revenue from the tolls on Highways 407, 412 and 418 to help fund a variety of programs and services, including new infrastructure and transit projects.
- Motorists will only pay fees once for the use of Highways 407, 412, and/or 407 ETR. This includes transponder leases, monthly account charges, and video toll charges.
- Motorists can continue to use one transponder and receive one invoice on the privately operated Highway 407 ETR, and on Ontario’s Highways 407 and 412, making the tolling process straightforward and seamless.
- 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.
“The opening of another stretch of Highway 407 will have a significant impact on improving the daily commute and quality of life for Ontario families. Our government is delivering on this key project that will provide Durham Region with an efficient alternate option for travelling, while simultaneously helping fund other key transportation infrastructure in this region and across the province.”
“This important milestone for the Highway 407 East Project is great news for residents and businesses in Durham Region. I look forward to the opening of the final stretch of Highway 407 and Highway 418, which will provide an even stronger transportation network for travellers in Durham.”
“The extended Highway 407 will provide a valuable connection for drivers travelling between Peterborough and the Greater Toronto Area. This project will help fight congestion and improve the quality of life for commuters and visitors alike.”