By Bob Nichols
(TORONTO, ON) – 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, $1.2-billion 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. Highway 407 is a separate entity owned and operated by the Province, connected to the existing 407 ETR.
“The Highway 407 expansion project is a great example of the unprecedented infrastructure investments our government is making across the province,” Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. “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.”
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 final phase of the Highway 407 East project, which will extend the highway eastward from Oshawa to Peterborough and connect Highway 407 to Highway 401.