Ontario Opens New Lanes on Highway 427
Province Adding an HOV Lane to Keep People Moving
Ontario has opened two new lanes on Highway 427, including a new High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane, to help improve traffic flow and get people where they're going sooner.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, Shafiq Qaadri, MPP for Etobicoke North, Peter Milczyn, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, and Linda Jeffrey, Mayor of Brampton, made the announcement today and opened the HOV lane, which runs southbound from Morningstar Drive to Fasken Drive. The province has also opened a new general purpose northbound lane from Woodbine to Finch, which brings this 4.5-kilometre portion of the highway to a total of seven lanes. This work is part of the ongoing Highway 427 widening project, which is scheduled for completion in July 2018, and will create or sustain approximately 580 direct or indirect jobs.
High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes with electronic tolling will also be implemented in 2021 in both directions, from south of Highway 409 to north of Rutherford Road, a distance of approximately 15.5 kilometres. No existing general purpose lanes will be removed to accommodate the HOT lanes.
Improving 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 is investing $82.8 million in the Highway 427 widening project.
- The average daily traffic on Highway 427 between Morningstar Drive and Fasken Drive is approximately 140,000 vehicles per day and is expected to grow to more than 154,000 by 2021.
- 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.
“Improving our highway infrastructure is vital to Ontario’s economy and keeping people moving. The addition of an HOV lane on this stretch of Highway 427 will help businesses and families in their daily lives and reduce time spent in traffic, giving people more time to do the things that are important to them.”
“The addition of two new lanes on Highway 427 is a huge step in easing congestion along this important economic corridor. This investment is wonderful news for the people of this region and I’m proud to be part of a government that is building modern and efficient infrastructure that keeps our communities thriving.”
“This is great news for people in Etobicoke and an important milestone in improving highway infrastructure in the region. The new lanes will help ease congestion, keeping families and businesses moving safely and efficiently along this busy stretch of highway. Our government remains committed to delivering key infrastructure projects that help improve people’s everyday lives.”
“Just last week the Ontario Government opened two general purpose lanes on the 410 highway. This announcement continues to reinforce the government’s commitment to expanding Transportation infrastructure across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. On behalf of my community I want to thank the government for giving commuters the ability to spend more time with those closest to them.”