April 7, 2015
Ontario is moving forward on the final phase of construction for Highway 407 East, which will help relieve congestion, create jobs, support the economy, and make area roads safer by providing emergency detour routes for travellers in Durham Region.
Blackbird Infrastructure has signed a fixed-priced contract to design, build, finance and maintain the project.
The province will also set and regulate tolls, and use toll revenue to fund new infrastructure and transit projects across Ontario. Initial tolls on Highway 407 will be lower than on 407 ETR.
Construction is expected to begin in fall 2015 from Harmony Road to Tauton Road/Highway 418 and is scheduled for completion in December 2017. The remainder will open in 2020.
This is the second phase of the Highway 407 East project, which will:
Improving highways, roads and bridges across the province is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
“The Highway 407 East project will create jobs, strengthen the economy and help keep goods and people moving. This project is proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario residents.”
— Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
“I am pleased that the final phase of the Highway 407 East project is moving ahead. Our government is committed to making investments that help connect communities and provide better traffic flow. We are building modern infrastructure to provide more options and save you time.”
— Granville Anderson, MPP, Durham
“This is great news for Peterborough and the surrounding areas. Both the County and City of Peterborough have shown their support for this important investment and the positive impacts it will have on our community. The extension is essential for creating good local jobs, growing the economy and reducing traffic congestion.”
— Jeff Leal, MPP, Peterborough
“The Highway 407 expansion project is a great example of the unprecedented infrastructure investments our government is making across the province. This significant investment will foster greater connectivity amongst businesses, generate economic activity in the local community, and provide Ontario families and businesses with a more efficient transportation network.”
— Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
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