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Highway 417 Expansion Moving Forward

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Highway 417 Expansion Moving Forward

McGuinty Government Investing Over $200 Million, Creating Jobs

Office of the Premier

Ontario is investing more than $200 million to widen Highway 417 from Nicholas Street to Ottawa Road 174. The project will create over 1,800 jobs, ease traffic congestion and pave the way for light rail transit in the nation's capital.

The contract for design work was awarded in April of this year. Construction is expected to start in 2012 and is expected to be completed by 2015. Improvements include:

  • One additional lane in each direction from Nicholas Street to Ottawa Road 174 that will ease congestion.
  • Widening and repairs to the Rideau River and St. Laurent Boulevard bridges that will help improve traffic flow and ease congestion.
  • Replacement of the Lees Avenue, Vanier Parkway and Belfast Road Bridges using rapid replacement technologies that will ensure safety, timely construction, lower costs and reduced environmental impacts.
  • Design improvements, including the elimination of the weave at westbound at St. Laurent Boulevard to improve safety.
  • Public transit bus-only lanes at highway ramps/interchanges to move transit more effectively.

Investing in Ontario's roads, highways, transit, hospitals and schools is part of the government's plan to create jobs, grow local economies and ensure the province remains strong and competitive for years to come.

Quick Facts

  • Widening Highway 417 from Nicholas Street to Ottawa Road 174 is estimated to cost more than $200 million.
  • Cyrville Road Bridge is currently being replaced and is scheduled to reopen in December, 2011 in preparation for the widening of Highway 417.
  • The contract for design work on this project was awarded to McCormick Rankin Corporation in April of this year.
  • The Province has committed up to $600 million to support light rail transit in Ottawa -- the largest single investment in transit infrastructure in the City of Ottawa's history.
  • Since 2003 about 2,000 jobs have already been generated by more than $275 million invested in Highway 417 by the Province.

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“These improvements will create jobs, help our businesses expand and allow commuters to spend less time on the road and more time with their families.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“This investment will improve traffic flow, help support transit and will create a Highway 417 that helps Ottawa-Orléans seize its economic potential.”

Phil McNeely

MPP, Ottawa-Orléans

“This is great news for the City of Ottawa. It will help us move forward with our LRT Project and ease congestion on our roads.”

Jim Watson

Mayor, City of Ottawa



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