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Ontario is Improving Highway 401 in Scarborough and Pickering

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Ontario is Improving Highway 401 in Scarborough and Pickering

Improving Highways Creates Jobs and Supports Ontario’s Economy

Ministry of Transportation

Scarborough — Ontario's Government for the People is putting people first by making investments to repair Highway 401 from Neilson Road to Whites Road.

Improving highways and bridges will keep Ontario highways reliable for workers, families and businesses across the province. A strong transportation network will attract investment, job creation and trade that will benefit all Ontarians.

"Highway 401 is the busiest highway in the country and thousands of people across Ontario rely on it to commute to work and conduct business across our province and into the United States," said Peter Bethlenfalvy, MPP for Pickering-Uxbridge. "Keeping our roads in good condition demonstrates to the world that Ontario is open for business, and will help get the people of Durham region home and to work faster."

In the 2019 Ontario Budget: Ontario's Plan to Protect What Matters Most, the government commits to making smart investments that support key transportation priorities.

"This is wonderful news for residents of Scarborough and commuters across the GTA," said Vijay Thanigasalam, MPP for Scarborough-Rouge Park. "Our government is delivering on our commitment to make smart investments in highways, roads and bridges to build a world-class transportation network."

The work is expected to start this September 2019 and will include repairs to the pavement and several bridges. Work is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2023.

The Ministry of Transportation is also planning to proceed with 123 rehabilitation projects across the province. 

Across central Ontario, 20 projects are going to tender representing a total investment of $512 million. These include:

  • Road improvements along common roads between Scarborough and Pickering include Highway 401 between Neilson Road to Whites Road in the Eastbound Express and Collector Lanes and Kingston Road.
  • Road improvements within Pickering include Petticoat Creek, Rougemount Drive, CNR Overhead at Brock Road, Liverpool Road, and Dunbarton Creek.
  • Road improvements within Scarborough include HWY 2A, Port Union Road, Morningside Avenue, Meadowvale Road, and Rouge River.

The annual average daily traffic for this stretch of Highway 401 is 260,000 vehicles per day.

Quick Facts

  • 2019 Ontario Budget: Ontario’s Plan to Protect What Matters Most

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