Highway 7 Paves Way To Jobs
McGuinty Government Expands Highway Through Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes
Travelling on Highway 7 in Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes is going to get easier.
Ontario is creating nearly 170 direct and indirect jobs through major road and bridge construction work along 5.6 kilometres of Highway 7. The work will include:
- Expanding Highway 7 from two lanes to five lanes from Drummond Line to Highway 28 east of Peterborough.
- Repairing and widening the Scugog River Bridge in the City of Kawartha Lakes.
- Widening the section of Highway 7 leading to Scugog River Bridge to get it ready to expand to four lanes in the future.
The total cost of the projects is $23 million. Work is currently underway in both Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes. Work on Highway 7 east of Peterborough is scheduled to be completed in fall 2010. The Kawartha Lakes project is expected to be completed in June 2011.
- Highway 7 was first designated a provincial highway in the 1920s. It serves 14 counties and is the Central Ontario Route of the Trans-Canada Highway between Peterborough and Ottawa. About 14,000 vehicles use the local stretches of Highway 7 every day.
- Cruickshank Construction Ltd. of Morrisburg, Ontario won the $13.9-million contract to widen Highway 7 east of Peterborough. Aecon Construction and Materials Limited of Toronto won a $9-million contract to widen and fix the Scugog River Bridge. Both contracts were awarded following a competitive bidding process.
- In 2009, the McGuinty government committed $32.5 billion to infrastructure improvements. $5.6 billion will go directly to highway infrastructure. These investments are expected to generate 50,000 jobs over two years.
“Improving Highway 7 is creating jobs and will make travelling quicker and safer for Ontario families, visitors and businesses.”
“An improved Highway 7 - West helps make the City of Kawartha Lakes a better place to live and build your business.”
“The improvements to Highway 7 - East will provide Peterborough County residents with smoother and easier commutes and will keep our communities safe.”