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Highway 401 widening to improve safety and traffic flow

By On-Site Magazine   

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The governments of Ontario and Canada are investing in Highway 401 to build stronger, more efficient transportation corridors, and improve safety and traffic flow for all highway users, including local residents, tourists and commercial drivers.

Kathryn McGarry

Kathryn McGarry, Member of Provincial Parliament for Cambridge, ON.

Marwan Tabbara, Member of Parliament for Kitchener South-Hespeler and the Honourable Kathryn McGarry, Member of Provincial Parliament for Cambridge, were in Cambridge January 27 to announce funding to widen Highway 401. The Government of Canada is contributing more than $96 million and the Government of Ontario is responsible for all remaining costs of the project.

“This is an important project for people in Cambridge and across our region, as it will improve road safety, reduce congestion, and support new jobs and economic opportunities. Working collaboratively with the federal government, Ontario is continuing to build modern and efficient infrastructure that will help all of Ontario’s communities thrive,” said McGarry.

The project involves the widening of Highway 401 from six to 10 lanes for a distance of approximately five kilometers, between Hespeler Road and Townline Road. The work includes new high occupancy vehicle lanes and the replacement of two bridges at Hespeler Road and Franklin Boulevard over Highway 401.


Once completed,the project will improve safety and traffic flow to get kids to school, employees to work, and seniors to the services they need on time and back home quickly. The addition of high occupancy vehicle lanes will promote environmentally-friendly transportation such as carpooling and the use of public transit.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history.


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