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Construction Begins On Highway 427 Expansion in Vaughan

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Construction Begins On Highway 427 Expansion in Vaughan

Province Keeping People Moving, Creating Jobs and Growing the Economy

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario has begun construction on the expansion of Highway 427 through York Region, to help improve traffic flow, create jobs and support economic growth.

Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation, and Steven Del Duca, MPP for Vaughan, were in Vaughan today to break ground on the Highway 427 expansion. The highway will be extended by 6.6 kilometres from Highway 7 to Major Mackenzie Drive, and widened to 8 lanes from Finch Avenue to Highway 7.

Once completed in 2021, High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes with electronic tolling will also be installed on Highway 427 in both directions from south of Highway 409 to north of Rutherford Road—approximately 15.5 kilometres. No existing general purpose lanes will be removed to accommodate HOT lanes.

Improving highways to keep traffic moving is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $616 million in the expansion of Highway 427 in Vaughan.
  • HOT lanes encourage people to carpool, help manage congestion and provide more options to travellers.
  • The average daily traffic on Highway 427 between Finch Avenue and Highway 407 ETR is expected to grow from approximately 115,000 vehicles per day to more than 137,000 by 2021.
  • In 2017-18, Ontario is committing more than $2.5 billion to repair and expand provincial highways and bridges across the province.
  • 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.

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“Our highway infrastructure is vital to Ontario’s economy. Expanding Highway 427 will help keep people and businesses in York and Peel Region moving. Less time spent in traffic, means people have more time to do the things that are important to them – our government is committed to helping businesses and families in their daily lives.”

Kathryn McGarry

Minister of Transportation

“As a 31-year resident of Vaughan, I know how important the Highway 427 expansion is to this rapidly-growing community. This extension of the highway to Major Mackenzie Drive will save precious time for many local commuters who deserve to spend less time stuck in traffic and more time with family and friends.”

Steven Del Duca

MPP for Vaughan

“Today is a momentous occasion as we break ground on another important city-building project that will significantly benefit the citizens and businesses of Vaughan. The Highway 427 expansion will improve the flow of traffic as well as goods and services in the Vaughan Enterprise Zone, one of the most valuable employment areas in the GTA. It will further connect communities and get people where they need to go in a faster, more efficient way. I am grateful to our government partners who continue to help advance our common agenda to enhance transportation in Vaughan.”

Maurizio Bevilacqua

Mayor of Vaughan

“The Regional Municipality of York is currently home to 1.2 million residents and is expected to grow to 1.8 million people and 900,000 jobs by 2041. To meet the growing and diverse needs of our current and future residents, it is important we have the necessary infrastructure in place. Once complete, the Highway 427 expansion will provide relief to our Regional road network, enhance the traveller experience and support our growing economy.”

Wayne Emmerson

Chairman and CEO of York Region

“Investments in infrastructure are investments in our communities! The expansion of Highway 427 will allow for a reduction in traffic congestion and the improved movement of goods. These investments positively impact the residents of Vaughan-Woodbridge in the way we live, move, and work.”

Francesco Sorbara

MP for Vaughan-Woodbridge

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